Country Park maintains high standards as Green Flag awarded for 14th year

Published: Tuesday, 16 November 2021

A group of 8 volunteers and the park ranger standing around the Green Flag at Brocks Hill Country Park

For the 14th consecutive year, Brocks Hill Country Park in Oadby has achieved the Green Flag Award.

The award, which is run by the charity Keep Britain Tidy, is an internationally recognised benchmark for ensuring that parks are managed to the highest standard and are safe and accessible for all visitors.

Brocks Hill Country Park’s 67 acres of woodland, meadows, hedgerows, orchards and ponds are managed by Oadby & Wigston Borough Council, and run on a daily basis by a Park Ranger and a team of volunteers.

To meet the standard of the Green Flag Award, parks are judged against 27 criteria. These include demonstrating that they are run with an understanding of who their users are and what they want, whilst also upholding the site’s unique history, landscape and biodiversity.

Brocks Hill Country Park is officially recognised as a Nature Reserve, so met these criteria by being community-orientated, informative and tidy, whilst also preserving its natural environment and encouraging wildlife.

Examples of how the park demonstrates this include having well-maintained planted and forested spaces and paths, a welcoming entrance area and a visitor centre, whilst also having designated wild areas, such as the wildflower meadow, which allow ecosystems to flourish. This creates a safe, accessible and pleasant environment for park users in tandem with protecting the local environment .

The park also has a strong community and educational focus, displaying lots of informative signage and having areas such as the community gardens and orchards where local residents and volunteers can interact with the park and learn more about horticulture and ecology.

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council also work with local schools and community groups to offer a wide range of activities at Brocks Hill Country Park, encouraging as many people to learn and benefit from the space as possible.

Working towards the Green Flag Award is a year-round task, and one which the Park Ranger, Eleanor Pratt, says is highly rewarding in how it enhances the reputation of the park and encourages more people to visit.

Eleanor said: “By putting in the work to be recognised for the award, more people become aware of the park and are assured that they will have an enjoyable visit – so we are then able to reach more people and benefit the community further.”

Councillor John Boyce, Leader of OWBC, said: “Thank you to everyone involved in looking after Brocks Hill Country Park, it is their hard work and community spirit that ensures we achieve Green Flag status year after year.

“It is really important that the borough has spaces such as this which can be enjoyed by the whole community, and play a key role in the mental and physical wellbeing of local residents. Brocks Hill is certainly a green space the borough can be proud of.”