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Monday, 25 July 2011 16:14

Walled Garden Receives Prestigious Green Flag Award

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Walled GardenOur Walled Garden is one of the Best in the Country and that's official. Today, the Walled Garden will receive the Green Flag Award, a sign to visitors that the park is well maintained and well managed, with excellent facilities. A high quality green space in the Village, the historic Walled garden in Sunbury Park was most probably built in the early part of the 18th Century for the large mansion built on the site for Sir Roger Hudson; and there is a drawing in Colin Campbell's 'Vitruvius Britannicus' showing the housing in Sunbury Park in 1714.

Walled gardens were a particular feature of the larger Georgian and Victorian Houses and were used for the growing of high quality fruit and vegetables for the wealthy owner of the house; and typically would have included a specialist range of greenhouses for the growing of peaches and grapes. The Sunbury example is particularly fine, covering as it does some two acres with the original walls, in many places being eight to ten feet high. The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and Green Space. Known collectively as the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the Consortium manages the Scheme in England on behalf of Communities and Local Government (CLG).

All award-winning sites now have the chance to receive a further award from the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the People's Choice Award. The award is voted for by the public, so if you want to see your local park receive a national accolade as the people's choice, then vist the Green Flag Award website now to register your vote: http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/GreenFlag/Awards/GreenFlag/Default.aspx

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