Fifth green flag victory for Victoria Park in Ilkeston

Ilkeston's Victoria Park has secured a Green Flag award for the fifth successive year, pictured raising the flag are Mayor of Erewash Coun Val Custance, Coun Mike Wallis, green spaces team, head of green spaces Dave Bramwell, Caroline Pollard and Iris Milner of Friends of Victoria Park
Ilkeston's Victoria Park has secured a Green Flag award for the fifth successive year, pictured raising the flag are Mayor of Erewash Coun Val Custance, Coun Mike Wallis, green spaces team, head of green spaces Dave Bramwell, Caroline Pollard and Iris Milner of Friends of Victoria Park

A celebration ceremony was held at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park hosted to mark its success in securing a Green Flag Award for the fifth successive year.

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, raised the prestigious flag near the park entrance at the junction of Drummond Road and Bristol Road.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “It is with great pride that we will be able to again raise the Green Flag at Victoria Park – an honour which confirms this much-loved park in the heart of Ilkeston is one of the best in the country.

“Our team works hard all year round to maintain and develop this lovely park and, of course, we will be building on its success through our Heritage Lottery Fund project, which includes the complete restoration of three key features – the bandstand, the pavilion and the pergola arch.”

The Green Flag is a national award handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to recognise the very best parks, green spaces and nature reserves. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that Victoria Park boasts the highest possible standards and is well maintained.

This year Erewash was awarded the coveted Green Flag status at three of its popular local beauty spots, a hat-trick first for the borough.

This saw Long Eaton’s flagship West Park and Ilkeston’s Straws Bridge Local Nature Reserve (swan lake) being given the prestigious award for the first time.

West Park is the largest in Erewash at 127 acres and dates back to the early 1900s

Victoria Park dates back as far as 1896 and has now been awarded the Green Flag five times.

It is currently being further developed to restore key Victorian features after the council won a £740,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.