Three Bath parks named among world’s best green spaces25th July 2017
Bath is well known for its greenery, being surrounded by stunning countryside and with plenty of nature-filled walks, cycles and scenery for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. However, you’ll also find gorgeous greenery right in the heart of the city – in Bath’s many parks.
Three of Bath’s best parks have now been honoured with prestigious Green Flag awards, marking them out as some of the best green spaces in the world. Only parks that meet the very toughest criteria are given this internationally recognised award, with outdoor spaces being assessed on environmental standards, maintenance and visitor status.
Commenting on the achievement, Bath councillor and cabinet member for community services Martin Veal told the Bath Chronicle:
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining all our winners to such a high standard.”
Let’s take a look at which of Bath’s parks can now display their Green Flag badge with pride:
Royal Victoria Park
It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has ever visited this historic destination park that Royal Victoria Park has now been awarded Green Flag status. This generous expanse of green parkland, dating back to 1829 when it was named after Queen Victoria, has enough attractions to fill up a whole weekend. Visitors can picnic in the park, take a stroll around the fragrant botanical gardens or feed the ducks at one of the many ponds. There’s plenty for kids to do too, including an 18-hole mini golf course, tennis courts, an exciting adventure playground and lots more. At sunrise and sunset, you can even watch hot air balloons gently rising into the sky.
You’ll find Royal Victoria Park right in the centre of the city, near many Bath Holiday Rentals properties and practically all of Bath’s most popular tourist attractions.
Second on the list of this year’s Green Flag award recipients is Henrietta Park, another historic park created in honour of Queen Victoria – this time to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. A pleasant 7-acre park boasting beautiful flower beds, fine trees and even a Garden for the Blind, Henrietta Park is an oasis of peace in the heart of a vibrant city.
This open green space just outside of the city centre has a dedicated Friends group working hard to maintain and promote it, and their hard work has paid off – as this is Bloomfield Green’s second year of recognition in the City Green category of the Green Flag awards. Visit the green for picnics, family events, walks and more – all within a short walk of Alexandra Park and Bath Holiday Rentals property Calton Lookout, a unique hillside apartment complete with sundeck and simply astounding views across the city.