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Green Flag Award

 Green Flag Award Stafford Orchard has a Green Flag for excellence. The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom. The scheme recognises and rewards those green spaces which meet the highest standards. Parks must apply each year to keep their Green Flag Award, and winning sites are eligible to fly their Green Flag in the park for a year.

Sites for a Green Flag Award are judged against eight criteria:

  • A welcoming place
  • Healthy, safe and secure
  • Clean and well maintained
  • Sustainability
  • Conservation and heritage
  • Community involvement
  • Marketing
  • Management

 Stafford Orchard Stafford Orchard Park was refurbished by a village volunteer group working with landscape architects Bellinger Design of Evesham, funded by grants from the National Lottery, Charnwood Borough Council, and Quorn Parish Council. The park has new play equipment for young and older children, the landscape and biodiversity has been enhanced with new trees, native shrubs, thousands of spring bulbs, and a sensory garden has been designed and planted by Jane Hollingworth, a local horticulturalist. There are new wildlife habitats in the park's brook area, and improved entrances and paths. The park also has a raised performance area for outdoor concerts and performances. The old Victorian gaol at the entrance (a listed building) has been restored and a park services building and toilets refurbished.

The whole community was involved in drawing together the plans for the restoration of the park; two major village consultations refined the plans; local schools and toddler groups helped select the play equipment; Rawlins Community College students and teachers carried out surveys to help design the over-eight’s play area; another group of young people worked on the skate park; volunteers planted 15,000 spring bulbs and the peaceful formal garden.

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