Volunteers raising the Green Flag at Rutland Water

Three of Anglian Water’s reservoirs and water parks have retained their coveted Green Flag statuses as some of the best green spaces in the country.

For the fourth year running the company’s Rutland Water has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy, with Grafham Water (Cambridgeshire), achieving a hat-trick of successes and Alton Water (Suffolk) also retaining its Green Flag.

The awards are a sign to visitors that the parks are well-maintained and well-managed green spaces, with excellent facilities.

Green flags will be flown at car parks around the reservoirs for the next year to mark their status, with the first ones raised earlier this week.

This year, a record 1,476 parks and green spaces across the country will fly the flags, ensuring that even more of us now have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces close to our doorsteps.

Kevin Appleton, Visitor Operations Manager at Anglian Water, said: “The hat-trick of successes for another year at our water parks is the result of a joint effort and we’re delighted to share this award with the staff, partners and volunteers who work to make these sites special.

“It’s a fantastic achievement to get this award again. People living close to, or regular visitors can be rightly proud that their county has a truly first class visitor attraction.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

More information about Anglian Water’s water parks can be found here.