City pond to stake claim for green flag park award

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SIX parks in Portsmouth are to bid for national recognition as ‘quality open spaces’.

Last year, Hilsea Lines won official Green Flag status, and it is hoped six more parks, starting with Baffins Pond and surroundings, will follow suit.

A Green Flag award is the equivalent of the EU’s Blue Flag for beaches, which confirms they meet national standards of cleanliness and conservation.

Portsmouth City Council’s leader for culture and leisure issues, Cllr Lee Hunt, said: ‘Hilsea Lines’ award was very good for the city, and we have a number of other public open spaces we think should qualify.’

The closing date for applications is January 31, so only Baffins Pond, and its surrounding 17.7 hectares, off Tangier Road, Baffins, will be put forward this year.

But Southsea’s Rock and Rose Gardens, Canoe Lake, Victoria Park in Portsmouth city centre and Milton Park, Milton, will be entered for the award in future.