Green space delight has put the feel-good factor into the difficult Covid times in Erewash with confirmation today that the borough has achieved a record five Green Flags.

Long Eaton’s Forbes Hole Local Nature Reserve has been honoured with the prestigious honour for the first time, while the four other popular leisure sites in Erewash have also retained the national award – West Park in Long Eaton and Ilkeston’s Victoria Park; Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve, West Hallam; and Pioneer Meadows Local Nature Reserve.

Victoria Park has also been honoured for the third consecutive year with a Green Heritage Award, which is granted to a Green Flag site that is deemed to be of local or national historic interest.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“This is such a good news boost for Erewash and confirms the importance of parks and open spaces in the borough at all times – but especially so this year, when we have all faced such difficult times. We know that being able to go out to enjoy our award winning parks, open spaces and local nature reserves has helped with our health and well-being.

“Thank you to all our team and our Friends group volunteers who have worked through such difficult times this year to achieve this tremendous result. Let us all take pride in our borough and our communities.”

The council’s team relies on the support of local volunteers and support groups. The latest success for Long Eaton’s Forbe’s Hole LNR is thanks to the support of local supporters and the Long Eaton Natural History Society members.
The Green Flag award is the benchmark national standard for England and Wales and is presented to high quality parks, green spaces and nature reserves that have excellent facilities and are well-maintained and well-managed.