The Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Rupert Kylre was at Knowle Park in Fair Oak this morning (Sunday July 22) to raise the green flag which has just been awarded in recognition of the park as a ‘well managed, high quality public open space’.
The Mayor who was accompanied by his wife – and Botley parish councillor – Karen said:
“This award is fantastic news for Fair Oak & Horton Heath and is a testimony to all the hard work done by the ground staff, the Parish Clerk, and the Parish Council”
Park Ranger Colin Burchett told Eastleigh News that around 7,000 native British trees had been planted on the park’s 35 acres and that Veolia Environmental Services had made a £47,000 grant to assist in the park’s development.
Mayor Kyrle who represents Botley as both a Borough and Parish Councillor also remarked that Botley Recreation Ground had won a green flag for the first time.
In fact Brookwood Cemetery, Itchen Valley Country Park and Albert road Cemetery in Hedge End have all won green flags as has Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley which is managed by Hampshire County Council .
Brookwood Cemetery has scooped the award for the seventh year running and its now three years in a row for Itchen Valley Country Park.
The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed in the UK by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace.
Photos: Peter Stewart