St Albans district celebrates Green Flags

Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Brian Ellis and Town Mayor, Cllr Mary Maynard. Next to Mary, Chair of the E

Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Brian Ellis and Town Mayor, Cllr Mary Maynard. Next to Mary, Chair of the Environment Committee, Cllr Nicola Linacre. Harpenden Town Council maintenance staff and John O'Conner staff behind the seat and Common Project Day volunteers make up the remainder! - Credit: Archant

Flags were flying across the district this week after environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy announced its 2014 award winners.

Once again Harpenden Common and Jersey Farm Woodland Park were among the recipients of Green Flags and joining them is a St Albans school which won an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

SS Alban and Stephen Junior was award a Green Flag for its work on energy, the school grounds and transport. When an inspector from Keep Britain Tidy visited the Cecil Road school, he was impressed that the whole school was involved in enviromnmental activities, particularly their sustainable travel projects.

Eco-schools coordinator at SS Alban and Stephen, Clare Henry, commented: “The whole school are delighted with the award. I want to thank all pupils, staff, parents and governors who have supported us over the many years we have worked to achieve this Green Flag.”

Jersey Farm Woodland Park is managed and maintained by Sandridge parish council and has won a Green Flag for the fourth consecutive year. Well used by local residents, it is a mecca for bird watching, walking the dog or getting away from it all.

This year it has also been identified as a grassland Local Wildlife Site.

Cllr Janet Churchard, chair of the Jersey Farm Woodland Park joint management committee said: “This award recognises and highlights that people in Sandridge Parish are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.”

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Harpenden Common has done even better – this is the eighth year it has received a Green Flag award

Chair of the town council’s environmental committee, Cllr Nicola Linacre, thanked everyone who worked hard to ensure the common retained the status year after year.

“I am grateful to the town council’s officers, our contractors, all those clubs who use the common regularly and help look after it and last but not least, our volunteer project workers for their continuing support.”