Warminster’s Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park) Is Recognised As One Of The UK’s Very Best Green Spaces

Thursday 18th July 2019:

Three times a winner for Lake Pleasure Grounds

The Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park) in Warminster has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the UK.

Warminster's Lake Pleasure Grounds was given the prestigious Green Flag Award on 16th July 2019. The Town Council marked the recognition by hoisting the green flag on the flag pole by the Pavilion Café in the Lake Pleasure Grounds.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. Warminster Town Councillor Sue Fraser said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the third year in a row. It is independent confirmation that we have a high-quality park. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the Lake Pleasure Grounds to such a high standard.”

Sue who is Chairman of the Council Committee responsible for running the Lake Pleasure Grounds continued: “Our Park is the envy of the area. We have a boating lake, café, paddling pool, tennis courts, play area, trim trail, putting green, a wildflower area, a tree trail, the Elizabeth Collyns Garden, multi-use games area, flower beds planted by local schools and a wealth of wildlife. In addition, an adult outdoor gym is being planned and work is underway on the new skate park. The Lake Pleasure Grounds hosts an array of events such as Spring in the Park, the Warminster Wobble cycling festival, the Inspire Music Festival, the Carnival Fun Day and the Minster Church Fête. There are also many regular users such as the model boat club and Fit To Perform. All this community involvement puts the park at the heart of our town.”

Prior to hoisting the flag, Sue thanked everyone who plays their part looking after the Town Park including those who look after the wildlife. She said: "The Green flag honours the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the
high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. I congratulate each and everyone of them on their fantastic achievement.”

Assistant Town Clerk, Tom Dommett, thinks only three parks in Wiltshire have won the Green Flag Award. They are the Lake Pleasure Grounds Warminster, John Coles Park Chippenham and Hillworth Park, Devizes.

Photographs taken by Danny Howell on Thursday 18th July 2019:

 Left to right:
Stuart Legg (Parks And Open Spaces Manager), 
Cllr Rob Fryer (Vice Chairman Devolved Services Committee), Rob Fear (Groundman) and Cllr Sue Fraser 
(Chairman Devolved Services Committee).

Left to right:
Stuart Legg, Cllr Rob Fryer, Cllr Pip Ridout,
Cllr Tony Nicklin, Rob Fear,
Cllr Andrew Davis, Cllr Sue Fraser
and Cllr George Jolley.

Front row, left to right:
Tom Dommett (Assistant Town Clerk),
Stuart Legg, Cllr Rob Fryer, Rob Fear,
Cllr Sue Fraser and Cllr George Jolley.
Back row:
Peter Hewitt (volunteer), Harriet James
(author of the Tree Trail), Andy Martin
(Model Boat Club), Cllr Tony Nicklin,
Cllr Tony Jackson and Cllr Andrew Davis.

 Stuart Legg prepares the flag for hoisting.

Councillor Sue Fraser thanks everyone 
who looks after the Town Park.

 Councillor Sue Fraser hoists the Green Flag.

Looking on.

Stuart Legg ties the flag. 

The Green Flag flying at the top of the pole 
next to the Pavilion Cafe.