Oadby's Brocks Hill Country Park and Peace Memorial Park in Wigston have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as two of the very best in the world.
The parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that received a prestigious Green Flag Award for 2017– the mark of a quality park or green space
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Brocks Hill Country Park is a fantastic area of open space which consists of 67 acres of rich and diverse wildlife habitats and areas of historical interest. These include woodland, meadows, ponds, a ridge and furrow field and a community orchard, all of which are laid out with access friendly paths. There is also a den building area and two play areas catering for children from the ages of 3 to 5 years and 5 years and over.
Additional elements include sculptures and a permanent orienteering course around the Country Park, a human sundial, an outdoor performance space, a memorial area as well as sponsored benches, tree avenues and plantings. It is a dog friendly park with a Visitor Centre on the site.
Peace Memorial Park is Wigston's War Memorial. Following public subscription after the Great War, the Park was founded in 1921 and since that time has changed and evolved, eventually becoming the welcoming and peaceful green space have we have today, much loved and used by the local community.
Oadby & Wigston Borough Cllr Bill Boulter said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive two Green Flag Awards for another year.”
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and these award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the parks to such a high standard.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”