THE Rye has retained its Green Flag for being a quality open space.

The flag will continue to fly over The Rye in High Wycombe for a third year after impressing the judges from Keep Britain Tidy.

It is one of 1,476 parks and green spaces that have recognised this year – including Higginson Park in Marlow.

Cllr Julia Adey, Wycombe District Council's Cabinet Member for Community, said: "The Rye is a popular destination for residents and visitors, thanks to its two play areas, football pitches, the River Wye, the boating lake and a cafe.

“It's also home to the extremely popular Wycombe Rye Lido. In addition to the park itself, the Green Flag Award for the Rye also covers the beautiful Pann Mill Gardens, which can be seen from along the A40.

“We are exceedingly proud to be flying the Green Flag again this year and will aim to maintain the standard that residents and visitors have come to expect.

"While this is the third 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 Quadron Services and the Friends of The Rye group.

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