Highdown Gardens awarded Green Flag

Highdown Gardens awarded Green Flag

 

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.”