ASHFIELD has secured its sixth Green Flag award making it the area with the highest number of flags in the East Midlands.
The popular Selston Golf Course has been given the coveted Green Flag for the first time and the flag was raised during a ceremony held on Friday, with councillors and staff in attendance.
It is the sixth park in the district to be given a Green Flag this year and it joins Portland and Kingsway Park in Kirkby, Sutton Lawn, Titchfield Park in Hucknall and Brierley Forest Park in Huthwaite.
Ashfield district councillor Warren Nuttall, who is responsible for environment, public health and community protection, said: “Ashfield has a record number of high quality green spaces providing residents with perfect places to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
“Obtaining a sixth flag is an amazing achievement and something which the council is very proud of.”
The Green Flag Award celebrates the country’s parks and councils must apply for the recognition each year.
This year, a record 1,424 Green Flags have been awarded across the country.
Meanwhile, Coun Gail Turner, who represents Selston, praised all those who have worked on securing the Green Flag in the village.
She said: “The golf course is an absolute asset. It’s a beautiful, well-maintained area that lots of people use, not just for golfers.
“We also have dog walkers, the croquet club and the cafe with all its homemade cakes.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in getting this Green Flag - it’s not easy to achieve.
“I’d also like to thank grounds maintenance staff, the girls at the cafe and the team that drove this forward.”
To get involved with events at any of Ashfield’s parks contact the council on 01623450000 or visit www.ashfield-dc.gov.uk. For details on the Green Flag Award visit http://greenflag.keepbritaintidy.org.