The National Memorial Arboretum has been honoured with a national accolade for green spaces.

National Memorial Arboretum staff and volunteers with their Green Flag

The Alrewas centre for remembrance has been given a Green Flag Award for the first time.

It is one of 2,100 locations across the UK to receive the accolade.

Andy Ansell, head of estates at the National Memorial Arboretum, said:

“Our staff and volunteers work incredibly hard to keep our grounds in excellent condition, providing a world-class inspirational setting for hundreds of thousands of people to explore each year.

“We are incredibly proud that our collective efforts have been recognised by this prestigious scheme.

“As custodians of a beautiful green space that is home to hundreds of memorials, we will continue to embrace every opportunity for sustainable estate management, safeguarding this living memorial for future generations.”

Andy Ansell, National Memorial Arboretum

The Green Flag Award scheme is managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces.

Paul Todd, manager of the awards, said:

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making the National Memorial Arboretum worthy of a Green Flag Award.

“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that the arboretum has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.” 

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award manager

A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available here.

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