Penlee Park wins 5 stars in the Pride in Parks Award for second time!

6th May 2022 in Council News, Penlee Park

Our Gardening Team has done it again!

Penlee Park has been awarded five stars in the Pride in Parks Award by South West in Bloom – one of eighteen competitions that make up the RHS Britain in Bloom!

To achieve the Award, the team had to meet various assessment criteria including the involvement of the local community; maintenance and development of the gardens; and commitment to maintaining areas such as park benches and limiting litter.

The Penzance Council Gardening Team in Penlee Park
Penzance Council Gardening & Maintenance Team

The judges visited Penlee Park last summer and praised the park for its colourful annual planting and excellent wildflower areas for pollinators. They were also impressed with how the park is maintained to a high standard and is well used by members of the public.

“We were very pleased to receive another 5 star rating from the Pride in Parks Awards in 2021” said Amy Simons, Operations Manager for Penzance Council.

“This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our gardening team who not only look after Penlee Park, but many other areas within the Parish of Penance.

“This is the second Pride in Parks in succession where Penlee Park has been awarded 5 stars and it’s encouraging to see the team not only achieving but maintaining this very high standard.

“More exciting projects are being planned for Penlee Park in the future to continue to improve a space which is used extensively by so many locals and visitors.”

Pride Parks Plaque 2021. Reads: RHS South West in Bloom Pride in Parks Wards 2021 Penlee Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall
Pride Parks Plaque 2021

The Penzance Council Gardening and Maintenance Teams work all year round to maintain and improve the gardens of Penlee Park for all residents and visitors to the Penzance Parish. They are also responsible for maintaining the newly refurbished Alexandra Play Park & Tennis Courts, Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance Jewish Cemetery, Heamoor Field, and Foxes Lane Playpark in Mousehole.

For many people, getting outside and appreciating nature has been key to maintaining good mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic. The teams have been working tirelessly throughout to ensure that all Council owned facilities could remain open and safe for everyone to use and enjoy.

What next?

Taking on the judges’ comments for improvement, the team will be introducing a re-wilding area to help our pollinators even more. This will be located on the bank at the bottom of the woodland walk (alongside the tennis club) – watch this space!

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