Having already won Green Flag awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010, East Town Park in Haverhill has yet again been named as one of the best parks in the UK.
Well known in the area for its excellent range of events and activities and boasting an exemplary record in maintenance, management and facilities, it is one of three parks that are managed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council that have been awarded with Green Flags this year.
Nowton Park, which is currently building a visitor centre, and Bury St Edmunds’ The Abbey Gardens and its newly rebuilt play area have also been recognised for their high standards.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet member for Culture and Sport, Cllr Sara Mildmay-White commented: “The council recognises the value of open spaces and we continue to invest in them. They are free and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The awards confirm our commitment to the well-being of the borough.”
East Town Park
Situated on the very edge of Haverhill, East Town Park is a 38 acre country park that is open all year round and the perfect venue for the whole family. It features a children’s play area for 2 to 12 year olds, a maze, picnic area and a nature trail that is suitable for all ages and abilities, including those with pushchairs or poor mobility.
It is also the central starting point for a network of circular footpaths that take the walker around Haverhill and along the old railway track, eventually linking up with the famous 60 mile Stour Valley Walk.
There are numerous family events that take place throughout the year, including the annual Halloween Trail and Easter Egg Hunt.
East Town Park has won Green Flag awards in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
East Town Park is now eligible for The People’s Choice Award from the Green Flag Plus Partnership. Simply click here to vote.
Photograph by Graham Ferris