Colchester park named Britain’s Best Park

Castle Park in Colchester, which is maintained by Veolia Environmental Services on behalf of Colchester Borough Council, has been awarded the prestigious accolade of the best park in the UK 2009, in Britain’s Best Park competition, sponsored by petrol lawn mower engine manufacturers Briggs & Stratton.

23 December 2009

The park beat off tough competition from others across the area to win the top prize. Parks were judged on criteria including environment, design, usability, access, maintenance and community involvement. Castle Park’s high levels of maintenance, traditional setting and rich heritage particularly impressed the judging panel.

Andrew Fulcher, Contract Manager for Veolia Environmental Services Landscapes in Colchester said of the accolade: “We are delighted to have won the award. We have worked closely with Colchester Borough Council to provide a park that can be enjoyed by local people and visitors all year round and it’s great that these efforts have been recognised.”

Ian Small, business development manager for Briggs & Stratton UK Ltd, said, “The park is situated in the heart of Colchester, it provides residents and visitors with a beautiful green space to enjoy all year round, it has some fantastic historical features and is a worthy winner of the top prize.”

Speaking about the award Councillor Martin Hunt, Leisure Portfolio Holder, Colchester Borough Council, said: “This award is fantastic news and an accolade to our dedicated parks staff, friends groups and rangers who have worked hard to maintain the jewel in Colchester’s crown. The grounds provide an exceptional setting and we welcome all residents and visitors to come and enjoy Britain’s Best Park.”


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