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    North Devon parks celebrate Green Flag success

    An Ilfracombe park is celebrating a dozen years of success after securing a Green Flag for the 12th year in a row.

    Ilfracombe’s Bicclescombe Park and Yeo Valley Community Woodland in Barnstaple were both announced winners of the award last week.

    The flag is handed out by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, to recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country.

    Executive member for parks at North Devon Council, Councillor Dick Jones, said: “This is great news for North Devon. Both Bicclescombe Park and Yeo Valley Woodland are excellent facilities which we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.

    “A lot of hard work goes into maintaining them and keeping them in tip top condition so to receive recognition for it is fantastic news for everyone involved.”

    However, the news should come as no surprise to those at Bicclescombe Park, which has secured the award for the 12th consecutive year.

    Following in its footsteps, Yeo Valley Woodland has also secured the award for the past five years.

    Councillor Geoff Fowler, ward member for Ilfracombe West, said: “Yet again all the hard work has come up trumps in gaining this prestigious award. It is so noticeable that because of how well kept the park is, it is now used by more folk than ever, which is a great bonus for the town.”

    Flag raising ceremonies will take place on August 12 during Bicclescombe Park’s open day and on August 25 at Yeo Valley Woodland’s open day.

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