Plymouth's nine best parks and green spaces have been named with a new addition to the list – Plymouth Live

The areas have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award for their high standard of quality and cleanliness.
The nine best parks and green spaces in Plymouth have been named – with a new addition to the list. The areas have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award for their high standard of quality and cleanliness.
The national benchmark for quality parks, the Green Flag award is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. Each park or open space is judged against set criteria and they need to show improvement every year to be awarded the coveted status.
There were a record breaking 2,208 UK winners of the award this year, which is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. All eight parks which were awarded the prestigious Green Flag in 2021 retained their status – with a ninth – Victoria Park – being added to the list for the first time.
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The parks that have been awarded Green Flag status in Plymouth are:
· Tothill Park, Plymouth
· Central Park, Plymouth
· Ham Woods, Plymouth
· Devonport Park, Plymouth
· Freedom Fields Park, Plymouth
· Hoe Park, Plymouth
· West Hoe Park, Plymouth
· Victoria Park, Plymouth
· Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir, Plymouth
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved. To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure they have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and are places that support people to live healthy lives.”
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 United Kingdom and around the world.
It comes ahead of Love Parks Week 2022, which runs from Friday 29 July to Friday August 5, where Plymouth City Council has loads of fantastic events planned at parks across Plymouth throughout the week for residents to get involved with. Love Parks Week is a national campaign led by Keep Britain Tidy and this year we’re putting a special focus on nature.
Cllr Bill Wakeham, Cabinet member for the Environment and Street Scene, said: “Wow! What an incredible line up of events. We know that people love and value our parks which it’s why it’s so important to take a moment and pause to celebrate.
“With nature this year’s theme, I cannot wait to see families with children of all ages getting involved and embracing all that is great about our green and blue spaces.”
Beyond Face performance at Devonport Park
Friday 29 July, 2pm and 5pm
Join Beyond Face CIC as they share a performance from their Roots in Nature project, as part of their Green Minds Creative Commission.
Book your place here.
Litter picks and beach cleans for Preventing Plastic Pollution, Saltram Beach
Friday 29 July, 11 to 12pm
Join us at these one hour events to help clean up Plymouth’s Waterfront and become part of an international citizen science research project.
Find out more here
Forest Nature Walk
Friday 29 July, 11am to 1pm
Led by a National Trust Ranger, this nature walk will introduce you to woodland habitat structures and how they support a variety of wildlife and plant species. Join us for a journey through a magical forest and find out what wonders live within.
This walk is suitable to all those interested in the outdoors whether you want to meet other people interested in nature or are looking to learn more about it.
Book online here
Sail GP
Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July
General promotion of blue projects with exhibitions and displays. Connecting people to the sea, linking issues like pollution and recreational impacts.
Art and Energy Plymouth Sound Arts project – Sail GP Blue/Green Village
Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July
Art and Energy are inviting visitors to add to a large canvas depicting Plymouth Sound. The resulting artworks will raise awareness of Plymouth City Council’s Climate Action Plan and will invite people to explore the blue/green themes in Plymouth, understanding how low carbon energy, energy efficiency, enhancing green space and carbon sequestering marine plants are part of our journey responding to the climate emergency.
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Green Hands Family Fun: Butterflies and Reptiles at Central Park
Saturday 30, 10am to 3pm
Parks are full of wonderful wildlife- come along and take part in some nature crafts and fun.
Book online here
Green to Blue Nature Walk
Monday 1 August, 10am to 12pm
Led by a National Trust Ranger, this nature walk will introduce you to habitats from green spaces to blue spaces that support wildlife and plants. Find out about the flora and fauna of woodlands and estuaries. Take a journey through green and blue in one of Plymouth’s beautiful nature spaces and learn all about the little creatures and plant species that live in the city.
This walk is suitable for all those interested in the outdoors whether you want to meet other people interested in nature or are looking to learn more about it.
Book online here
Junior Urban Ranger Day
Tuesday 2 August
Plymouth Natural Grid is running a year-long campaign in partnership with Saltram National Trust to inspiring young nature ambassadors to care for nature in Plymouth. We will be running fun nature activities and each new Junior Urban Ranger walks away with a certificate!
For this year’s International Ranger Day, we will celebrate by inspiring a group of new Junior Urban Rangers.
If you know of a group who would like to participate in one of our workshops, please email: plymouthnaturalgrid@plynouth.gov.uk
Fit and Fed On Tour – North Down Crescent, Keyham
Tuesday 2 August
Come along to North Down Crescent for nature fun, art and crafts, free food, lots of games, and so much more!
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Nature activities at The Box
Tuesday 2 August
Marine wonders and perfect pollinators! Did you know that Plymouth’s National Marine Park is home to seagrass, the only flowering plant in the ocean? Come and meet Green Minds, who are celebrating Love Parks Week, and make some crafty items that you can take home to inspire you to help our wonderful local pollinators!
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Bug Hunt, Plymview Pitch, Efford
Tuesday 2 August, 10am to 12pm
Celebrate and connect to wildlife in the park using a bug hunt. Engage community /local children in artwork/nature designs which will go on to inspire the artwork which will be painted on the new local sports team’s container.
Green and blue activities, Drake Circus
Wednesday 3 August
Come and learn about the Blue and Green Projects happening around Plymouth. ReMEDIES, Preventing Plastic Pollution and Green Minds projects will have some fun activities and information available all day between 9am and 6pm – you can find us by the escalator outside Primark
Nature activities at The Box
Thursday 4 August
Marine wonders and perfect pollinators! Did you know that Plymouth’s National Marine Park is home to seagrass, the only flowering plant in the ocean? Come and meet Green Minds, who are celebrating Love Parks Week, and make some crafty items that you can take home to inspire you to help our wonderful local pollinators!
Find out more
Summer wildflower walk and drop-in at Central Park
Thursday 4 August, 10am to 12pm
Come and learn all about the amazing wildflowers at Central Park, and the species which call them home!
You can also find the Green Minds team at the Meadow Café if you’d like to find out more about our projects and how to get involved.
Book your place
Business Breakfast (followed by private event for young people involved in Kickstart/apprentices with us, 10am to 12pm)
Friday 5 August, 8am to 10am
Join us for this event as part of Love Parks Week in collaboration with Future parks Accelerator, Green Minds, Green Thinkers, Plymouth National Marine Park, Plymouth City Council and Real Ideas.
Plymouth is home to an innovative and growing green and blue economy, with many impactful and talented ecological and community-led businesses, striving to strengthen local economies, create jobs, and green the grey. This event is for anyone interested in the social, green, and blue economy – you may be a fledgling start-up, social or environmental enterprise, established business or interested in gaining experience and skills. Come along to connect, be inspired, and find out what’s next for you and Plymouth.
Blossom Together and celebration day
Friday 5 August, 1pm to 4pm
Come and celebrate the wonderful wildlife on land and sea at Devil’s Point- and check out the new Blossom Together circle! Find out all of the opportunities for you to get involved.
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Litter picks and beach cleans for Preventing Plastic Pollution, The Barbican
Friday 5 August, 11am to 12pm
Join us at these one hour events to help clean up Plymouth’s Waterfront and become part of an international citizen science research project.
Find out more
Nature activities at The Box
Saturday 6 August
Marine wonders and perfect pollinators! Did you know that Plymouth’s National Marine Park is home to seagrass, the only flowering plant in the ocean? Come and meet Green Minds, who are celebrating Love Parks Week, and make some crafty items that you can take home to inspire you to help our wonderful local pollinators!
Find out more
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Tothill Park
Central Park
Ham Woods
Devonport Park in Plymouth
The Freedom Community Festival has attracted huge crowds to Freedom Fields Park in previous years
PlymouthLive reporter Mariam is a fan of Plymouth Hoe (photo: Matt Gilley/PlymouthLive)
West Hoe Park has a makeover.
One of the murals in Victoria Park, created as part of the Stronger North Stonehouse project
Drake’s Place Gardens

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