Published Thursday, 19 July 2018

Waverley Borough Council is delighted to announce that seven of its fantastic parks and green spaces have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the best in the world.

Farnham Park, Broadwater Park, Frensham Great Pond and Common, the Phillips Memorial Park, the Lammas Lands, Blackheath Common and Mare Hill Common, which are all managed by the council, are among the record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that received a prestigious Green Flag Award– the mark of a quality park or green space.

The international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the open spaces boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

Farnham Park, which has received the award for the sixth time, is a medieval deer park within walking distance of the town centre. It includes an adventure playground, fitted in 2015, a toddlers play area, café, toilets, and a trim trail, all within a landscape of rolling grassland and beautiful veteran trees.

Broadwater Park, in Farncombe, has retained the award for a fourth year. The park can be found next to Godalming Leisure Centre and includes a large lake, play area, picnic area and football and cricket pitches.

It is the third year in a row that Frensham Great Pond and Common has kept the title. Frensham is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is home to a range of rare and protected wildlife including the Dartford Warbler and the Natterjack Toad. The common is made up of a large area of heathland and has a beach next to the Great Pond. There is also parking on site, accessible toilets and a café.

Also achieving the award for the third time is the Phillips Memorial Park in Godalming. The park has recently benefitted from a five year restoration and enhancement project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. The site is home to the Phillips Memorial Cloister, an Arts and Crafts Grade II listed building, a children’s play area, skate park, bandstand, War Memorial and a beautiful riverside walk.

Near to Phillips Memorial Park, the Lammas Lands, a series of flood meadows with beautiful views alongside the River Way between Godalming and Farncombe, have secured a Green Flag for the second year in a row.

Similarly, Blackheath Common, with its stunning views of mauve flowering heathland, was also awarded a Green Flag for the second year in a row. The common is a SSSI and the dry lowland heathland, including acid grassland and woodland, is an internationally important habitat.

Mare Hill Common, a beautiful, scenic and peaceful space covering 40 hectares of heathland, woodland and scrub, was Waverley’s final award-winning green space and was presented with a Green Flag for the first time.

For more information about our parks and greenspaces please visit: www.waverley.gov.uk/parks