Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe and Yeo Valley Community Woodland in Barnstaple have both retained their Green Flag status, as two of the UK’s best green spaces.

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award this year. This international award is a sign that the parks boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

Both parks are owned and managed by North Devon Council with the help of very active community groups including the Friends of Yeo Valley Woodland and the Bicclescombe Park User Group. This is the 14th consecutive year that Bicclescombe Park has achieved Green Flag status, with Yeo Valley Community receiving the Award for the 7th time.

Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for Bicclescombe and Yeo Valley again. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors and this award celebrates the hard work that goes into maintaining them to such a high standard – my congratulations to all those involved, especially the community groups for all the hours they dedicate to our parks.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer at one of these parks, please contact the council’s Parks Team on 01271 388326 or email

PHOTO: The flag was raised at Yeo Valley Woodland at 10am on 1 August. Photo shows from left to right: standing: Councillor Ian Roome, Councillor Joy Cann, Parks Officer Andrew Moulton, Mike Field, Stuart Passmore; crouching: Stuart’s daughter, Charlotte, with her daughter.

There will also be a small flag-raising ceremony at Bicclescombe Park, on 9 August at midday. The public and park visitors encouraged to attend to help celebrate.

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