Pump Room Gardens in Leamington receives its first Green Flag Award

Marianne Pitts (Friends of the Pump Room Gardens), Jon Holmes (Green Spaces, Warwick District Council), Councilor Moira-Ann Grainger (Portfolio Holder for Neighborhood & Leisure, Warwick District Council), Simon Richardson (Green Spaces, Warwick District Council) , Ian Bradbury (Friends of the Pump Room Gardens). Photo submitted.

The Pump Room Gardens in Leamington received its first Green Flag Award.

The town center park joins three other parks and woodland areas in the Warwick district in receiving the prestigious International Quality Mark for Parks and Green Spaces.

Crackley Wood, Oakley Wood, Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens continued their success by also winning the Green Flag Award, with the latter two receiving the award for the 16th consecutive year.

Marianne Pitts (Friends of the Pump Room Gardens), Jon Holmes (Green Spaces, Warwick District Council), Councilor Moira-Ann Grainger (Portfolio Holder for Neighborhood & Leisure, Warwick District Council), Simon Richardson (Green Spaces, Warwick District Council) , Ian Bradbury (Friends of the Pump Room Gardens). Photo submitted.

In addition to Green Flag awards, Jephson Gardens and Pump Room Gardens have also received Green Heritage Site accreditation for their good standards of conservation and the upkeep and upkeep of significant historic features. Only seven parks in the West Midlands have received this accreditation, with Warwick District Council receiving two.

The Pump Room Gardens, considered Leamington’s ‘green village’, underwent extensive refurbishment in 2018 with a £1.4million project to restore its bandstand and other key 19th-century park features century, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People programme, Friends of the Pump Room Gardens and Warwick District Council.

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Councilor Moira-Ann Grainger, District Council Cabinet Member for Neighborhood and Recreation, said: “The past two years have made us all realize how much we value our parks and open spaces. They connect us, give us space to exercise, relax, and provide special habitats for local wildlife to thrive.

“Receiving these Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy again is a truly exceptional achievement and shows that residents and visitors to the Warwick district benefit from green space of the highest quality.

“Receiving it for the Pump Room Gardens demonstrates the success of the restoration project, which has allowed us to honor its history and preserve it for future generations to enjoy.

“I would like to give a special mention and thank the Council’s Green Spaces team, our contractors idVerde, the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the many friends and groups of volunteers who come in all weathers to help us maintain and improve our wonderful parks and open spaces.”

Archie Pitts of the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens added: “Wonderful to see the Pump Room Gardens renovated and upgraded with new flower beds and trees as well as a rainwater pool for help with garden drainage. The beautifully restored bandstand will be the focal point of Leamington’s Village Green for many generations to come.

“Overall a wonderful result for Leamington thanks to everyone who worked to make it happen.”

Community groups in the district are also celebrating the Green Flag Awards, with Myton Pools in Warwick and Foundry Wood in Leamington winning awards, demonstrating the importance of community in creating and nurturing spaces for all to enjoy.

The Canal and River Trust has also successfully won the Green Flag Award for over 565 miles of canals, including the stretch of canal between Myton Road in Warwick and Althorpe Street in Leamington.

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