We've got another Green Flag

Radnor Park has become the third local open space to be awarded the prestigious Green Flag - national recognition that it is among the best in the country.


Judges from Keep Britain Tidy, which runs the scheme for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, visited earlier this year to make sure the park met the strict criteria and was welcoming; healthy, safe and secure, and well-maintained and clean.

The award follows a major regeneration project at the park last year. This saw the opening of a new children's play area, the refurbishment of a park keeper's lodge into new tea room run by East Kent College, and the reinstatement of a water fountain and statue of Folkestone's patron saint, St Eansywythe.

The Radnor Park Community Group, led by local mum Susie Illman, raised a staggering £110,000 towards new play equipment which  includes a six-metre high climbing net, zip wire, a range of swings, -  including the latest parent and child shared swings  - adventure areas, and a railway-themed toddler zone. The project was also supported by Folkestone Town Council.

Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Cllr David Monk, said the Green Flag was a well-deserved accolade for one of Folkestone's favourite open spaces.

Radnor Park is a wonderful green space that is accessible to hundreds of local people and it has always been popular for sport and leisure.
We delighted to lead the project to restore the tea room and support the creation of the children's play area which has made it even more attractive.
This has been the result of a real partnership and a lot of people played their part in helping this wonderful park secure its first Green Flag. Cllr David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Cllr Ann Berry, Cabinet Member for Transport and Commercial and Mayor of Folkestone, said the Green Flag was the icing on the cake for the park.

A lot of hard work went into the wonderful new play area. Susie Illman and her supporters were key to making it and I am sure they will share our pride when they see the Green Flag flying. Cllr Ann Berry, Cabinet Member for Transport and Mayor of Folkestone

Claire Miller, EKC's Commercial Business Manager, said it was wonderful to see the partnership project celebrated with the Green Flag Award.

It's so important for Folkestone College to deliver real benefits for our local community, and the tearoom has helped do this, with loyal customers who've been wonderfully supportive of the tearoom.
This partnership project with the council has given our students amazing learning opportunities and the tearoom continues to do so. We look forward to seeing Radnor Park continue to flourish in the future. Claire Miller, Commercial Business Manager at East Kent College

In the same awards scheme, Folkestone's Coastal Park and Hythe's Royal Military Canal were awarded their 12th and 9th Green Flag.

Published on 06 August 2018