|Tilgate Park on the Winter Solstice in 2009|
"Last week I was pleased to see that four local parks and gardens were awarded Green Flag status for a further year. The Green Flag Award Scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces across the UK. This year, a record number of awards were made with 1476 parks and green spaces awarded a Green Flag or a Green Flag Community Award. 139 Green Flags were awarded within the South-East region and like in previous years, four are local to us right here in Crawley.Our four local winners were Tilgate Park, Buchan Country Park, Goffs Park and the Memorial Gardens. To put this in perspective as to how well we are doing, the nearest other Green Flag winners are Priory Park in Reigate and Beech Hurst Gardens in Haywards Heath. The towns of East Grinstead, Horsham and Redhill do not have any Green Flag winners.
I believe most local people think our parks and green spaces is something that we have got right in Crawley. Summer is a time when they really do come into their own. In this week as we commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, it is worth noting that the Heroes Walk in the Memorial Gardens is looking splendid and has been attracting much interest.The majority of Crawley residents live within a mile or two of our Green Flag parks or our other popular local parks and open spaces such as Worth Park. I always enjoy seeing people appreciating our local parks which are truly an asset and a credit to our town. Up until June, I was the Cabinet Member at Crawley Borough Council who had responsibility for the Council’s parks and I left the post happy in the knowledge that Crawley’s parks are better and more popular than ever."