Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has awarded Worthing’s Highdown Gardens the prestigious Green Flag Award. The national award recognises the best parks and green spaces across the country.
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
The lovely 34,479 sq m (8.52 acres) garden established in 1907 by Sir Frederick Stern is among a record-breaking 1,447 parks and green spaces that have received the award. The gardens were created out of a chalk pit overlooking the Downs, where there was little soil and very unfavourable conditions for plant growth.
Many of the plants – some rare – originally came from China and the Himalayan regions. In fact one of the trees brought in from south-west China – ‘Emmenopterys henryi’ – planted by Sir Frederick Stern in 1907 – has been re-born from a cutting from the original tree by one of the gardeners Joyce Heward.
Worthing Cabinet Member for the Environment, Clive Roberts, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for 13th time. This Award recognises and highlights that people in Worthing and the surrounding area are benefitting from a one of the very best public parks of the highest quality.”