Green Flag Award 2021 recognition for two of Reading's most popular green spaces

Two of Reading’s most popular open spaces have once again been recognised as among the best in the country after receiving Green Flag and Green Heritage Site awards.

The Forbury Gardens and Caversham Court Gardens have both received Green Flag Awards.

In a record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award, as the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, The Forbury Gardens and Caversham Court Gardens are two parks of 2,127 celebrating success this month.

The Green Flag recognises high-quality maintenance and excellent wildlife-and climate-friendly practices. This month, parks and green spaces across the country will be raising their Green Flag Award with pride in a time when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.

As well as a Green Flag, both sites have also received a Green Heritage Site award, which is awarded for parks that have conserved their historical features to a high standard and maintain their historic character and appearance. Green Heritage Site awards are made to sites that have particular local or national historic interest.

To be recognised with a Green Flag award, parks or open spaces have to demonstrate not only that standard is maintained but that continuous improvements are being achieved.