by Jeff Hathaway
THE Winston Churchill Memorial Park at St Brelade's Bay has received a Green Flag Award from the UK charity Keep Britain Tidy.
TTS Minister Deputy Kevin Lewis, and Assistant Minister, Deputy John Le Fondre, visited the park on 6th August to congratulate staff on their achievement.
TTS submitted the park for the Green Flag Award, an annual scheme run by Keep Britain Tidy to recognise outstanding parks and green spaces. This is the first time that TTS has submitted any sites to be considered for the award.
Expert judges from the award scheme visited Winston Churchill Park to assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. As well as looking at the park itself, the judges also question and look at documentation relating to management policies and processes.
Manager of Parks and Gardens for TTS, Derek Noble, said:
"Jersey has some fantastic parks. We take great pride in looking after them and we receive many positive comments from the public. However, we have never properly compared ourselves against an independent standard. The Green Flag Scheme has allowed us to do this; it is a great indicator of our performance."
The award winning team (pictured opposite) have over 90 years experience between them and not only look after the Park but several other public areas in the Les Quennevais and La Moye area.
The team is headed by parishioner Richard Le Gresley. This is the second time in one year that the staff have been commended on their superb efforts. In July the two Parish in Bloom judges visited the gardens and met with Richard and were so impressed with the seafront garden they awarded them top marks.
Richard told La Baguette:
"There is a 5 year plan for the park which includes further development of an area for succulents and within the main park itself, allow some natural vegetation to grow and thereby attract more wildlife into the park. It is already home to squirrels, lizards, slowworms and even dragonflies. We hope to attract more species and add to the diversification. We are currently undertaking a survey to establish the number of grass snakes that may be on the site."
Well done chaps! Ed
Picture: Winston Churchill Memorial Park award winning team. Left to right. Ben Noel, Richard Le Gresley (Head Gardener), Chris Newell, Ian Minchington and Matthew Le Brun (Apprentice)