Keynsham Memorial Park does town proud with five-star rating

March 04 2016

The role of Keynsham Memorial Park in the community has been recognised with a five-star rating in a regional Pride in Parks awards scheme.

March 2016

The role of Keynsham Memorial Park in the community has been recognised with a five-star rating in a regional Pride in Parks awards scheme.

Members of the Keynsham in Bloom group travelled to the University of Exeter on February 25 to collect the honour at the RHS South West in Bloom Spring Seminar.

The five-star rating is the highest available and sees the Memorial Park ranked alongside the famous Gyllyngdune Gardens in Falmouth and Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth, while Bath’s Alexandra Park – the only other Bath and North East Somerset park to enter the awards – was given four stars.

In assessing each of the 40 parks entered in the scheme, judges looked at how they were used by the community, maintenance and the environment created in the spaces. Jon Wheatley, chair of RHS South West and RHS judge, met with more than 12 community groups who regularly use the Memorial Park during his two visits.

He praised both the community groups and the parks maintenance team for the work being carried out throughout the site.

He said: “It was a pleasure to meet with the groups. It is evident that this is a well-loved and much-used community green space.

“Keynsham should be very proud of having access to such a wonderful park, it is a great asset not only for the residents of Keynsham, but also to visitors to the town. It is clear the park plays an important role in the local community.”

Denise James, chair of Keynsham in Bloom, said: “This is a wonderful achievement both for Keynsham and for B&NES. Keynsham is fortunate to have such a great park, which is well used by the local community.

“We will be looking forward to entering the park for the 2016 Pride in Parks awards, as well as showcasing our park to the South West in Bloom judges, when Keynsham is being judged as
part of the Britain in Bloom awards.”