The Friends of Southern Country Park, a group of enthusiastic local residents, have played a crucial role in making sure the popular Bishop’s Stortford green space has retained its flag since 2008. The Friends meet monthly and carry out a variety of tasks ranging from counting butterflies, the management of hedges, trees and undergrowth to the installation of wooden steps and fences.
The Ridgeway in Hertford has held its green flag since 2009. The upper area of the park is a more formal urban recreation space with a multi-use games area (MUGA), children's play area, ornamental shrub planting and an open grass area ideal for a variety of recreation activities and is a great space to hold events. The lower section, referred to as The Dell, is much more informal with a style of play equipment that reflects this, incorporated into the natural landscape.
Eric Buckmaster, executive member for wellbeing, said: “This year more than ever the parks have shown their value, from places to meet friends, to places to get daily exercise and improve mental wellbeing. There’s so much to do and see in both of the parks. They are great places for children to play safely, explore the wildlife, and for dog walkers or anyone who wants to get outdoors and be active.
"We are pleased to have seen so many people enjoying these spaces during recent months and hope this continues. Recently we launched an anti-litter campaign across all of our parks and open spaces and with the help of residents our officers, the Friends of Groups and Glendale - the council's grounds maintenance contractor - have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic maintain a picturesque landscape that residents can escape to."