The Railway Land and Castle Hill Local Nature Reserves are named as two of the best in Britain

Railway Land Lewes   Castle Hill

The Railway Land Local Nature Reserve in Lewes and Castle Hill Local Nature Reserve in Newhaven are two of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

The two Local Nature Reserves are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. This is the seventh year in a row that the Railway Land has received this esteemed award and sixth year in a row for Castle Hill in Newhaven.

Councillor Paul Franklin, Lead Member at Lewes District Council said: “We are thrilled to receive a Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy. This Award recognises and highlights that people in Lewes and Newhaven are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality. I would also like to extend a special thank you to the Meadows Minders at the Lewes Railway Land and The Castle Hill Group for their volunteer effort in helping maintain and enhance these Local Nature Reserves for both people and wildlife.” 

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, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

For more information about local nature reserves in the Lewes District please visit: www.lewes.gov.uk/rangers

Story published on 11 August 2016