Flag flies high as Cockington celebrates 25th award in a row

Torbay Weekly

Cockington Country Park is celebrating its 25th Green Flag award in a row.

Only four parks in the UK have been in the scheme since it began a quarter of a century ago and Cockington is one.

The Green Flag Award celebrates amazing spaces, shared best practice and raised standards, protecting parks for all. Cockington is being honoured for its landmark award with a special commemorative plaque.

Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust, the Bay’s independent conservation charity which is responsible for the care and maintenance of Cockington, says it is honoured to receive the award and to care for such a beautiful place in Torbay.

It adds that this level of care could not have been achieved without the massive contributions made by its dedicated group of local volunteers and Cockington staff, for which they are extremely grateful.

The Cockington Green Heart Appeal Project, which ran from 2015 until 2019, has been largely responsible for the parks success and has provided means to refurbish parts of the park in recent years including the historic lakes, the Gamekeeper’s cottage, which is now home to the park’s voluntary trainee team, and The Linhay, which serves as the Park’s Visitor Centre.

Chief executive Damian Offer said: “I am delighted that the hard work carried out by our dedicated volunteers and staff has once again been recognised by this Green Flag award. On behalf of the Trust, I would like to thank all those who have been involved in caring for the very special place that is Cockington Country Park over the last 25 years.”