Two of Rugby’s parks scoop Green Flag prizes

At Centenary Park are Green Spaces Officer Colin Horton, and Parks and Grounds Manager Chris Worman.
At Centenary Park are Green Spaces Officer Colin Horton, and Parks and Grounds Manager Chris Worman.

Two parks in Rugby have picked up a prestigious Green Flag awards thanks to their high levels of care and unique designs.

Caldecott Park and Centenary Park were named winners at the Green Flag award ceremony for the Midlands and East of England, which was held on Monday, July 18.

Caldecott Park.

Caldecott Park.

It was the ninth consecutive honour for Caldecott Park and the first for Newbold’s Centenary Park, which opened just four months ago.

Green Flag judges assess each park put forward for the award against eight strict criteria, including cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Centenary Park was redesigned, refurbished and renamed earlier this year, and is located on part of the old Parkfield Road allotment site. It features an outdoor gym, wildlife zones and a sensory garden.

Caldecott Park, in the town centre, is visited more than half a million times each year and hosts events such as open air theatre and live bands. It recently became a must-visit destination in the gaming app Pokémon Go.

Park Ranger Trevor Hoyte and Grounds Manager Chris Worman MBE.

Park Ranger Trevor Hoyte and Grounds Manager Chris Worman MBE.

Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “I’m delighted at Rugby’s double success in the Green Flag awards and at Caldecott Park’s ninth consecutive award. It’s a great tribute to the hard work of our parks team, volunteers and residents, who all play a part in making our parks places we can be proud of.”

Caldecott Park.

Caldecott Park.