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10 Green Flags for Wallingford Castle Meadows!

Green Flag at Wallingford Castle Meadows

Wallingford Castle Meadows, managed by Earth Trust on behalf of South Oxfordshire District Council, has been awarded a Green Flag for an incredible tenth year running and has received Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the fourth consecutive year!

The prestigious Green Flag is a national award given to parks and greenspaces across England and Wales by Keep Britain Tidy. Sites compete annually to be among the best greenspaces in the country and need to demonstrate year-on-year improvement in order to retain the award. Wallingford Castle Meadows is one of 1,797 sites to receive the Green Flag in 2017. The Green Heritage Site Accreditation, sponsored by English Heritage, recognises achievements in managing sites with local or national historic importance.

“It’s a huge achievement to gain not only the Green Flag Award but the Green Heritage Site Accreditation as well, and together these set Wallingford Castle Meadows apart as a significant local and accessible greenspace for people to enjoy. It’s thanks to the dedicated staff and volunteers that help us manage and maintain this special place that this quality standard has been achieved. In this, the Earth Trust’s 35th year, it’s fantastic to have the charity’s work recognised in this way,” said Jayne Manley, Chief Executive at the Earth Trust.

Wallingford Castle Meadows is 16 hectares of hay meadow and floodplain on the banks of the River Thames, and contains the remains of one of the greatest medieval castles in England. As well as being historically significant, it’s also an important site for wildlife, home to birds, bats, bluebells and more, and is a wonderful place for local residents to have on their doorstep. The Earth Trust has managed the nature reserve for the last 17 years on behalf of South Oxfordshire District Council. 

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “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.”

Come and explore Wallingford Castle Meadows for yourself at Earth Trust’s Night Safari on Tuesday 8th August or Wildlife Wednesday on 9th August.

If you would like to join the volunteers who help look after Wallingford Castle Meadows, please get in touch.

Wallingford Castle Meadows in springSnake's head fritillary at Wallingford Castle Meadows

20th July 2017