People enjoying themselves at Rutland Water's beach area

Five 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 first time the company’s Taverham Mill Water Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy, with Rutland Water (Leicestershire), Grafham Water (Cambridgeshire), Pitsford Water (Northamptonshire) and Alton Water (Suffolk) all retaining their Green Flags.

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.

This year, 1,686 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.

Jake Williams, Head of Parks and Conservation at Anglian Water, said: “We are extremely proud of our Green Flag awards. They are the result of a lot of hard work and dedication from staff and volunteers at Anglian Water and we are delighted to share these awards with them.

“It’s a fantastic achievement to be awarded with five this year. Our reservoirs were created to provide water for millions of households but it’s fantastic that they can also provide a home for wildlife and a place for people to enjoy themselves as well.”

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.”