Four parks and gardens across East Devon have been awarded Green Flag status. The parks are four of just 29 to be awarded across Devon.
Green Flags are awarded to areas that have a high standard of quality and cleanliness, the award scheme is run by charity Keep Britain Tidy and each park or open space is judged against a set criteria. The scheme has been going for the past 27 years.
In East Devon the following parks have been awarded Green Flag status.
Connaught Gardens and Peak Hill Slope
Named for the Duke of Connaught, Connaught Gardens are one of the best loved, historic sites in Sidmouth. The Duke of Connaught was the third son of Queen Victoria, who lived in Sidmouth as an infant. He formally opened the gardens in November 1934 when he was 84 years old!
The gardens were used as part of the war effort during WWII as it occupies a strategic position, you can still see evidence of this when you visit the gardens and today, you can enjoy not only the weather, but also music, theatre and art exhibitions.
Close to Seaton Town Centre, Seafield Gardens has seen many changes over the years. It initially started out as a large field opposite Seafield Terrace, but after falling victim to an air raid, the whole site was refurbished, today it a well loved coastal garden which sees visitors throughout the year.
Visitors to the park are able to explore a range of different plant life, as well as an outdoor gym, adventure golf course, tennis court, pond and the famous clock tower.
Seaton Wetlands makes for a perfect day out – home to a range of bird, plant and wildlife, the Wetlands are open 7 days a week and feature several different areas including Black Hole Marsh, Colyford Common, Stafford Marsh and Seaton Marshes.
The site has an accessible toilet and many of the pathways are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, making it a great place for the whole family to visit this summer.
Manor Gardens in Exmouth are also a hive of activity, especially during the summer with a range of things going on like concerts and entertainment. The gardens are designed in a formal Victorian style and a carpet bed is the main feature, which has been maintained since the 1960s.
If you’re visiting East Devon this summer, make sure to stop by one of these award winning gardens.