St John’s Park joins Beech Hurst Gardens in achieving national best green spaces rating

PR2179/RA/JB - 20/07/2018

St John’s Park in Burgess Hill has joined Beech Hurst Gardens, Haywards Heath in being recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.

The public open spaces are among 1,883 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, which rates quality green spaces from national favourites to hidden gems, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

For the first time St John’s Park in Burgess Hill has been recognised with an award. An old Roman Road traverses this popular park, which is adjacent to the town centre. It is a vibrant green space, providing a home to a local cricket club and includes a large skate ramp area and children's playground, outdoor gym equipment, a multi-use court and tennis courts.

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 delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the 12th consecutive year for Beech Hurst Gardens and absolutely thrilled to have achieved the same level of recognition for St John’s Park in Burgess Hill.

“Our green spaces are well used and highly valued by residents and visitors to Mid Sussex, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining and continuing to develop the quality of our spaces.”

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.

“It has been a record-breaking year for Green Flag Awards, and it’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of locations have been recognised. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to experience, and encourage the public to head outdoors, explore their local area and find even more unexpected green spaces they can enjoy.”