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Green Flag Award 2022

Woodside Park awarded the coveted Green Flag Award as it is officially recognised as one of the country’s best parks

In a record-breaking year Woodside Park Benfleet is raising its prestigious Green Flag Award

Castle Point Borough Council is celebrating after receiving a Green Flag Award for Woodside Park Benfleet one of 2208 UK winners.

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces

After two years that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that has achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that make the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.

“The Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication help create these fantastic places for all to enjoy,” said Cllr Dave Blackwell, Leader of Castle Point Borough Council.

Cllr Steve Cole, Cabinet Member with responsibility for parks and open spaces, Deputy Leader of the Council added: “during lockdown we realised the value of our great parks and open spaces and this continues to add to our community ‘s health and wellbeing. We are so proud to have achieved this award for a much-loved recreational area.”

Commenting on the news that Woodside Park Benfleet has met the Green Flag Award standard, Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Woodside Park worthy of a Green Flag Award.

“Woodside Park is a vital green space for the community in Benfleet and Castle Point . This award is testament to all the hard work of staff and volunteers, who do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available here


Notes to editors

The Green Flag Award Scheme ( is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. It sets the standard for the management of parks and beaches, inspires people to be litter-free, to waste less and live more sustainably. It runs campaigns and programmes including the Great British Spring Clean, Eco-Schools, Love Parks, Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, its campaigns and programmes visit

Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.  Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status.  A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site Accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.