18 December 2020

Green Flag Award England Recognises Outstanding Contribution to Parks

Green Flag Award England are delighted to announce the winners of this year's special awards for outstanding contribution to parks and green spaces. After much deliberation the Employee, Volunteer and Young Volunteer of the Year for 2020 have been chosen.

Employee of the Year 2020: Tony Newby

Daventry Country Park and Green Health Community Garden

“Tony’s work has had a big impact on the local community, and the country park, allotment and projects have greatly benefited from his passion and commitment. He has dedicated 30 years of his career to teach and inspire young people, families, colleagues and volunteers to improve conservation and ensure safety and wellbeing.”

Volunteer of the Year 2020: Andrew White

Milton Keynes Linear Parks

Andrew has been a valuable core member of Loughton & Great Holm Neighbourhood Action Group for many years, he is a very active member and has supported us in all our events, from litter picking for the Great British Cleaning events, to helping run our picnics, whatever happens in our community Andrew always offers to help.”

Young Volunteer of the Year 2020: Mia Booth 

Etherow Lodge Park Hollingworth

“The main impact Mia has made is that of being an incredible role model to other young people. At 11 years old Mia was planning and organising activities for events and Family activity sessions, coming up with the ideas herself and working out what materials would be needed.”

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: More than ever we have come to recognise the improtnace of our parks and green spaces, however we are only able to enjoy then due to the dedication and professionalism of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure they are maintained to such high standards. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard this year and congratulations to the 2020 winners"

Chris Worman MBE, who sponsored the Young Volunteer of the Year Award, said: Mia is a shining example of the many young people who have volunteered in our parks and green spaces this year. With people like Mia the future of our parks is in safe hands. Congratulations!