Yate nature reserve wins prestigious award

August 01 2018
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Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve has been singled out for a Green Flag Award for the seventh time.

The accolade recognises it as one of the best green spaces in the UK. 

The nature reserve is a mixture of meadows and woodlands situated to the south of the town which is popular with local people of all ages. 

The Green Flag award is given by the charity Keep Britain Tidy for the highest possible environmental standards, superb maintenance and excellent visitor facilities.  Wapley Bushes gained the award in the community category, which is for green spaces managed by voluntary and community groups.  It’s the only award that’s been given in South Gloucestershire and is amongst 110 in the South West. 

Wapley Bushes is managed by the volunteers of the Wapley Bushes Conservation Group on behalf of the site owners Dodington Parish Council.

Committee member Paul Hulbert said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the seventh time. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Wapley Bushes to such a high standard.”

“The real credit for this award must go to our hard-working volunteers, and to Dodington Parish Council for their unfailing practical and financial help.”  

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

If you’d like to join the volunteers helping at Wapley Bushes Nature Reserve, the next work morning is Sunday 9 September. Meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, South Yate, BS37 8US, at 10.00am.