Castle Hill Nature Reserve in Newhaven receives Green Flag Status again

Castle Hill nature reserve, Newhaven
Castle Hill nature reserve, Newhaven

A nature reserve in Newhaven has been given a Green Flag Award for the fifth year running because of its high standards, excellent facilities and due to its beautiful maintenance.

This means Castle Hill Local Nature Reserve is one of the best in the country, according to owner Lewes District Council.

The prestigious award was made by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which announced a record breaking number of award winning parks and green spaces for 2013.

The Railway Land Nature Reserve in Lewes was also given Green Flag status.

These nature reserves are among 1,447 parks and green spaces to receive a Green Flag Award.

Castle Hill in Newhaven is accessible by wheelchair and has views across the Ouse Valley and the channel.

Lead member for health and environment cllr Tony Nicholson said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the year for the fifth year running.

“This award recognises and highlights that people in Lewes and Newhaven are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality.”

Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd added: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages.”