Marlow park awarded coveted 'Green Flag' status for eleventh year running

L to R: Green Space Officer Sarah Brion, Contract Manager Andy Sherwood and Cabinet Member for Community Cllr Julia Adey

Park awarded coveted 'Green Flag' status for eleventh year running

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

MARLOVIANS have an extra reason to get outdoors in the summer sun after the town’s park was once again named one of the best in the country.

Higginson Park, the jewel in the crown of Marlow’s idyllic riverside setting, has been awarded the Green Flag title for the eleventh year running.

The coveted status is reserved for public parks of the highest standard, with judges impressed at the use of green space, well-maintained facilities and high standard of safety and security.

The Wycombe District Council-run resource is one of 1,476 parks throughout the UK granted permission to fly the flag, which has greeted visitors and residents alike for over a decade.

Councillor Julia Adey, Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, said: "Higginson Park is always a popular destination for local residents and visitors, thanks to its picturesque riverside setting, cafe and play area.

"We are exceedingly proud to be flying the Green Flag once more and will aim to maintain a standard for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors alike.

"While this is the eleventh year that the park has received a Green Flag, it shouldn’t be taken for granted how much hard work goes in to ensuring it remains award winning.

"Special thanks should go to our green spaces team, our contractor John O’Conner and the Friends of Higginson Park group."

With its cricket pitch, skatepark, children’s play area, tree-lined avenues and moorings along the Thames banks, the attraction of the green space draws over a million visits per year.

It also houses Court Garden, housing a leisure centre, cafe, conference and wedding venue, as well as being home to Marlow Town Council.

WDC’s contractor is responsible for routine grounds maintenance in the park including grass cutting, flower and shrub bed maintenance and litter collection.

Higginson Park has recovered to win the Green Flag status despite being almost completely underwater during the devastating Thames floods in February.

And judges seemed undeterred by the arrival in the park of Costa Coffee, which proved controversial among some long-standing town residents for spoiling the views when it opened in April.

The 23-acre riverside site has been in used as a public park since 1926. It is named after Crimean War general George Harrison, who lived in the town.

To mark Higginson’s 100th birthday in 1926, the people of Marlow started a collection to buy the park as a memorial to the famous resident.

Keep Britain Tidy runs the Green Flag Award scheme in the UK on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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7:07pm Tue 29 Jul 14

john.bustin@btinternet.com says...

It was General Sir George HIGGINSON who bequethed Higginson Park to Marlow and NOT George HARRISON. Please, BFP, get your facts right before publishing innacurate information
It was General Sir George HIGGINSON who bequethed Higginson Park to Marlow and NOT George HARRISON. Please, BFP, get your facts right before publishing innacurate information john.bustin@btinternet.com
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7:20pm Tue 29 Jul 14

CatherineAB says...

Wouldn't do any harm to check the type before going to print!
Wouldn't do any harm to check the type before going to print! CatherineAB
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8:46pm Tue 29 Jul 14

valleyviewboy says...

A very beautiful park, including great facilities. My only wish is that such excellent facilities could also be provided for the Rye and Hughenden Park, something built of brick and glass instead of corrugated iron would be great!
A very beautiful park, including great facilities. My only wish is that such excellent facilities could also be provided for the Rye and Hughenden Park, something built of brick and glass instead of corrugated iron would be great! valleyviewboy
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12:25pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Mrs DaPoint says...

I never knew that George Harrison was a General. I must be getting confused with that '60s beatnik and Beatles lead guitarist George Higginson. An easy mistake to make.
I never knew that George Harrison was a General. I must be getting confused with that '60s beatnik and Beatles lead guitarist George Higginson. An easy mistake to make. Mrs DaPoint
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