Lewes Railway Land and Castle Hill in Newhaven given awards

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

Nature reserves in Newhaven and Lewes are on a winning streak.

This is the fourth year running for Castle Hill Nature Reserve that it has secured a coveted Green Flag Award, while for Lewes Railway Land it will be the fifth year running.

Lewes Railway Land nature reserve

Lewes Railway Land nature reserve

The awards are handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and recognise the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

These two nature reserves are among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that have received the award.

Community ranger Dan Fagan said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive these Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy.

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

“I would also like to extend a special thank you to the Meadows Minders at the Lewes Railway Land and the Friends of Castle Hill local groups for their volunteer efforts in helping maintain and enhance these Local Nature Reserves for both people and wildlife.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd added: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

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

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”