The Green Flag Awards 2020 have officially been released marking the best parks across Coventry and Warwickshire.
To many, parks and green spaces were a saviour during the Covid-19 lockdown earlier this year.
Becoming locations for people’s daily exercise, they were especially important to those who did not have access to gardens or outdoor space at home.
The award marks an international standard of quality. You can find information about the awards here.
See a list of the area’s best parks below.
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Coventry University Campus
Address: Priory St, Coventry CV1 5FB
Although not deemed a park, Coventry University Campus has received an award recognising their efforts of maintaining the green spaces they do have.
Shown on the website, the university said: “The award confirms our continuing commitment to make sure our students staff and visitors from around the world are welcomed by a campus that is clean and green.
“Increasingly our green spaces are being used to support teaching and research whilst continuing to provide an attractive, relaxing yet bustling City Centre environment that is admired and appreciated by our community.”
The campus offers cycle routes, as well as being home to sculptures and a sensory garden.
War Memorial Park, Coventry
Address: Kenilworth Rd, Coventry CV3 6PT
War Memorial Park is Coventry’s premier park, covering some 50 hectares of open space. The park was opened in 1921 as the city’s memorial to those who lost their lives in the First World War.
Today the park is broadly divided into three main character areas, a formal memorial park centred around the War Memorial, an extensive area of open space for sports and a country park area for large-scale events and activities.
Allesley Park, Coventry
Address: Allesley Hall Dr, Coventry CV5 9AD
Allesley Park has an area of 36.84 hectare and is located to the south of the village of Allesley, approximately three km from Coventry city centre.
The eastern half of the park is of a general amenity/ornamental character with open space, tree planting, pedestrian routes and a large playground suitable for children aged (approximately) between four and 16 years.
To the west there is an amenity golf course which uses the existing topography to good effect. This topography is gently sloping from north to south with elements of ancient ridge and furrow still visible both on the golf course and within the wider park.
Lavender Hall Park, Ballsall Common
Address: Lavender Hall Ln, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7BN
Lavender Hall Park is situated approximately six miles south east of Solihull in the centre of Balsall Common village.
The quiet park with Local Nature Reserve Status is only a short walk from Balsall Common’s bustling high street.
The park is very well used by local residents who take advantage of a range of facilities including a children’s play area, skate park and football pitches.
Caludon Castle Park, Coventry
Address: Farren Rd, Coventry CV2 5EH
Caludon Castle Park is located three miles to the east of Coventry city centre, within the district and political ward of Wyken. It is the designated Area Park for the south of the city.
Although smaller in size than other area parks, it offers a valued green space experience for local people.
The site contains two scheduled ancient monuments and has a recorded history dating back to the 12th Century.
Coombe Country Park, Coventry
Address: Brinklow Rd, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB
It has taken ten centuries and the vision of many individuals for the magnificent Country Park to reach its present splendour. Come and explore its beautiful historic parkland, woodlands and lakeside walks. With around 500 acres to discover it’s more than a day out.
A large part of the site is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, SSSI, as recognition of its importance to wildlife including its fantastic heronry supporting 60 per cent of Warwickshire’s population.
The historic parkland designed by Capability Brown is listed on the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens.
Longford Park, Coventry
Address: Longford Rd, Longford, Coventry CV6 6DW
Longford Park has an area of 26.08 hectares and is situated close to the M6 motorway Junction 3, Coventry canal and the Ricoh Arena. It is an area parks situated in the NE neighbourhood area of Coventry.
It less than 50m from Longford Nature Park, around half a mile from Wyken Slough Nature Park (Designated as a LNR), and about a mile from Hawkesbury Junction (also know as Sutton Stop), where the Coventry Canal and Oxford Canal meet.
The park also forms part of the Sowe Valley Footpath Route which follows the River Sowe a main water course that runs through the city.
Rainsbrook Crematorium, Rugby
Address: Ashlawn Rd, Rugby CV22 5QQ
Rainsbrook Cemetery and Crematorium offers a peaceful and picturesque setting in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside.
Overlooking the Rainsbrook Valley, the crematorium’s grounds and memorial gardens have been designed to complement the stunning surroundings, creating a calm and tranquil setting where the bereaved can treasure the memory of a loved one.
The grounds include an Armed Forces Memorial Wall, dedicated by the Bishop of Warwick, where a fitting tribute can be paid to the lives of those who served in the armed forces, auxiliary services or support services.
Millennium Green, Rugby
Address: 56 Graham Rd, Rugby CV21 3LD
St Andrew’s Benn Millennium Green was created with the help of the late Cllr Whistance and others in the community as part of the Millennium Green programme to mark the turn of the century, as a nationwide initiative of the Countryside Agency (now merged into Natural England) supported by the Millennium Commission.
The idea was to introduce new areas of open space for the year 2000 to the benefit and enjoyment of the local community. In Rugby, £46,650 was provided by Onyx Environment Trust to help convert St Andrew’s Benn Park, a disused school playing field, into an urban park.
Caldecott Park, Rugby
Address: Evreux Way, Rugby CV21 2DT
Caldecott Park is situated in the heart of Rugby town centre and is a well-loved park by the residents of the borough.
It offers a wide range of recreational facilities as well as free community events throughout the year. It also offers an area for rest and relaxation within the bustling town centre and is well known within the local region for its award-winning floral displays.
The park contains two play areas, a multi use sports area, sculptures, floral and herbaceous beds, and edible borders all within a mature landscape setting.
Centenary Park, Rugby
Address: Parkfield Rd, Rugby CV21 1EX
This new park was created on a former allotment site after it was returned to Rugby Borough Council ownership following the creation of the Western Relief Road.
A master plan was developed in 2013 to bring the site back into community usage, and the project has been a collaboration involving Newbold on Avon Community Partnership, Butterfly Conservation, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Newbold Riverside Academy and many more.
Thanks to the generous support of members of the Landfill Communities Fund: The Veolia Environmental Trust, WREN, and SUEZ Trust (formerly SITA Trust), and the Woodland Trust, the park was created as a phased project between 2014 and 2015.
Crackley Wood, Kenilworth
Crackley Wood Local Nature Reserve is a beautiful woodland to the north of Kenilworth. Adjacent to the Kenilworth Greenway, the wood is carpeted in bluebells every spring and has fantastic colours every autumn.
A great place for a family stroll, the wood has a circular path suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Bring some paper and crayons with you and take brass rubbings of the animals living in the wood as you walk around. Look out for woodpeckers, toads, muntjacs, and more.
Oakley Wood, Bishops Tachbrook
Oakley Wood is a 116-acre (47ha) plantation woodland near Bishop’s Tachbrook, Warwickshire. Great for peaceful walks and getting out into nature, there are two walking trails to follow around the wood.
Spring brings carpets of bluebells to the wood and summer attracts fluttering butterflies to spot.
There are over 200 species living in the wood.
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