Beech Hurst Gardens is flying the flag as one of the UK’s very best green spaces

PR2118/DT/MF - 24/07/2017

Beech Hurst Gardens in Haywards Heath has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.

The public open space is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award this year – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Situated on the western edge of Haywards Heath, Beech Hurst is a six-hectare garden with stunning views of the South Downs and some spectacular flora and fauna. The gardens boast a wide range of community and sports facilities, including lawn green bowling, petanque, croquet, a children's play area and a miniature railway.

Councillor Gary Marsh, Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Service Delivery said:

“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the 11th consecutive year.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to our residents and visitors to Mid Sussex, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Beech Hurst Gardens to such a high standard.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers around the UK who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”