VIDEO: Victoria Park scoops green flag award

A FLAG has been raised at an Ilkeston park to confirm its place among the best open spaces in the country.

The Duke of Rutland hoisted the Green Flag up one of three new flagpoles at Victoria Park on Monday, after it scooped a national honour.

NILABE120430a2, Ilkeston Victoria park green flag award. Duke of Rutland and the Mayor of Erewash cllr Kevin Miller.

NILABE120430a2, Ilkeston Victoria park green flag award. Duke of Rutland and the Mayor of Erewash cllr Kevin Miller.

It is the first time the Green Flag award, which is only given to well-maintained parks with top-notch facilities, has been given to an Erewash park.

Cllr Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said he was ‘thrilled’ and that it was a ‘very proud day for the borough’.

“It is a great boost for the area and the award is testament to the hard work that goes into managing, maintaining and improving the park all year round,” he said.

He thanked volunteers from the Friends of Victoria Park and students from Ilkeston Academy who have created a mosaic within the grounds.

NILABE120430a1, Ilkeston Victoria park green flag award. Duke of Rutland and the Mayor of Erewash cllr Kevin Miller.

NILABE120430a1, Ilkeston Victoria park green flag award. Duke of Rutland and the Mayor of Erewash cllr Kevin Miller.

The success follows a series of improvements carried out, including new planting schemes, the creation of a tree trail, refurbishment of seating and the installation of new signs and bollards.

The award is a benchmark national standard for parks in England and Wales. Nearby parks to have also received it include Bramcote Hills in Stapleford.

The three flag poles will soon all be flying the Green Flag,