A STUNNING north Shropshire tourism hot spot has received a prestigious international award for the 10th year in a row.

The Shropshire Council team which runs the Mere in Ellesmere, is celebrating its latest Green Flag Award recognising the hard work and dedication of the team that keeps the space in good condition.

Severn Valley Country Park near Alveley was also presented with a Green Flag, while the Friends of Stanmore Country Park received a Community Green Flag.

Robert Macey, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and digital, was full of praise for the team.

He said: “Sometimes it is all too easy to take for granted our beautiful Shropshire countryside, but awards such as this serve as a great reminder of the hard work and effort that goes into maintaining our country parks.


“The staff and volunteers across all three sites should be immensely proud of themselves, as we are. Shropshire Council is delighted to include award-winning country parks in its portfolio.

“As the summer holidays begin it is worth considering exploring our parks as a fun, free and healthy day out.”

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 UK and around the world.

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Paul Todd MBE, Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved at the Shropshire country parks in achieving a Green Flag Award.

“They are a vital green space for the community, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles.

“The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that they maintain the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”

Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.