After the judges visited Tunbridge Wells in July to see this year’s entries, the 2021 event brought another major Gold for the town, which also won the Large Town category.
Dunorlan Park, Grosvenor and Hilbert Park and Calverley Grounds were all Gold award winners, and Dunorlan Park also achieved overall winner of its Large Park category. Other green spaces in the town, including the Woodbury Park and Tunbridge Wells Cemeteries, were also recognised as worthy of award recognition.
Councillor Jane March, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Culture and Leisure, said: “These are fantastic results and certainly well deserved.
“Our staff, contractor and especially the volunteers and Friends’ groups have put in time and energy over the past very testing year, and it gives us a tremendous boost to be recognised as a town that appreciates green space.”
Peter Every, Parks Team Leader for the Council, added: “Over the past year we have seen the importance of our parks and green open spaces to the wellbeing of our communities.
“Community involvement plays an important role. It’s thanks to the support and involvement of our volunteers and Friends’ groups that we have managed to achieve success in these awards.”
Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, also won a hat trick of accolades, including the gardens winning Gold for the seventh year in a row, and Head Gardener Neil Miller being given an Outstanding Achievement Award.
Anyone interested in becoming involved in Tunbridge Wells’ greenery can find details under Friends of the parks and open spaces at: tunbridgewells.gov.uk
For Hever Castle & Gardens, visit: hevercastle.co.uk