Groundwork is glowing with pride after it was announced that The Green Patch in Kettering has received a prestigious Green Flag Award.
The Green Patch is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that have been awarded The Green Flag seal excellence.
The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Groundwork in Northamptonshire has managed the 2.5 acre site since 2007, transforming a patch of barely used land into a thriving space that involves and supports the local community with projects including after school clubs, young people and adult employment programmes and supported adult volunteering.
Week after week, The Green Patch sees hundreds of adults and children volunteer and get involved with maintaining, sustaining and improving the space which boasts a building, disabled access toilet, poly-tunnels, ducks and chickens, raised beds, compost and wildlife areas, beehives, a natural play area, pond, orchard and summer house.
Kate Williams, Operations Director for Groundwork Northamptonshire said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for The Green Patch for the first time from Keep Britain Tidy.
"This Award recognises and highlights that people in Kettering are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.
"We are over the moon about this prestigious award for The Green Patch in Kettering. We are passionate and enthusiastic about The Green Patch and the wonderful volunteers that help make it so successful. This award is hard to achieve so we are very excited that we have been presented with it.
"We have built The Green Patch through working in conjunction with the local communities and businesses so if you are interested in helping to further our success please contact us. We have vibrant Facebook page that is updated daily with photos and updates of what we are up to here, please take a look."
To find out more about what The Green Patch means to the local community, watch the video below: