Castle Hill Nature Reserve in Newhaven gets top award

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A BEAUTIFUL nature reserve in Newhaven has been recognised as one of the best in the country after receiving a national accolade.

Castle Hill Nature Reserve was given a prestigious Green Flag award which shows it is well maintained, well managed and boasts excellent facilities.

Lead councillor for health and environment Andy Smith said: “We are delighted with this award, which is received for the second year running for Castle Hill.

“It provides independent evidence of the high priority we give to our open green areas, which bring significant benefits to local communities as well as encouraging biodiversity.

“We are particularly proud of the community involvement with the Castle Hill nature reserve and this award recognises this.”

Secretary of the Castle Hill Nature Reserve Jill Allen said: “The group works very hard to maintain the reserve.

“The Green Flag, along with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service received in 2008, recognise the volunteers’ efforts and the importance of maintaining open green spaces in Newhaven.”

Winning parks had to be welcoming, safe, clean and well maintained, as well as including community involvement.

In 2011, a total of 1,288 parks and green spaces were given a Green Flag or Community Award.

All award winning sites now have the chance to receive a further award from the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the People’s Choice Award.

This award is voted for by the public, so if you want to see Castle Hill Nature Reserve receive a national accolade as the people’s choice, then visit the Green Flag Award website now to register your vote.

The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and GreenSpace. Known collectively as the Green Flag Plus Partnership.