A much-loved Corby woodland has once again been judged as one of the best green spaces in the country.
The Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods, close to the town’s international swimming pool, has been awarded a Green Flag Award for the fifth consecutive year.
The award, given by charity Keep Britain Tidy, is a sign to visitors that the ancient woodland boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Leader of Corby Council Tom Beattie said: “To maintain the Green Flag Award for the fifth consecutive year is a credit to Corby Council officers, the Friends of [Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods] group and each and every one of the volunteers that have contributed over the years.
“Corby’s woodland is unique and something that we are lucky to have in our borough so we are very pleased to see it awarded with the Green Flag status.”
The woodland has seen a lot of improvements over recent years which has opened up the space to make it a welcoming place for residents as well as wildlife.
These improvements have included new paths, habitat creation, lighting on main pathway, sculptures, picnic areas, signage and interpretation, forest school site, and a woodfuel project.
The local community also looks after and protects the woodland for future generations.
The woods are managed on a day-to-day basis by Corby Council and the Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazel Wood Group, which is made up of local volunteers committed to raising the standard and protecting the woodland.
All of the volunteers involved are dedicated to preserving and raising the standard of the woodlands and meet every day to undertake a range of exciting conservation work.
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, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the awards.
“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”