Fourth Green Flag award for Corby’s woodland

Max Kilpatrick, seven, Corby mayor Peter McKewan and Nic Eades hold the Green Flag Award
Max Kilpatrick, seven, Corby mayor Peter McKewan and Nic Eades hold the Green Flag Award

Corby’s woodland has once again been awarded the prestigious Green Flag.

The national Green Flag Award has been given to Hazel and Thoroughsale for the fourth consecutive year.

It is awarded by charity Keep Britain Tidy and is a sign to visitors that the ancient woodland boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

The award scheme is the benchmark for national standards of parks and green spaces in the UK therefore as a Green Flag Award winner; visitors can be assured that they will find a welcoming place which is healthy, safe, secure, clean and well maintained.

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, woodfuel project but probably most rewarding is skilling up the local community to look after and protect the woodland for future generations.

Thoroughsale and Hazel Wood is managed on a day to day basis by Corby Council and the Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazel Wood Group, which is made up of more than 60 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 our woodlands and meet every day to undertake a range of exciting conservation work.

Leader of Corby Council Tom Beattie said: “To maintain the Green Flag Award for the fourth consecutive year is a credit to the council officers, the Friends of 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.’

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.

“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.”

The announcement of this year’s award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying Love Parks Week (July 24 to August 2), an annual celebration of the country’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.