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Green Flag status for Beacon Reserve

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 18, 2013

WINNING STREAK: From left, James Clapp, from Cormac Solutions; Coralie Barrow, from Cornwall Council; and Mark Hawken, from Bodmin Town Council, celebrate the latest award.

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BODMIN Beacon Local Nature Reserve Advisory Group has received its sixth consecutive Green Flag award for 'outstanding green space'.

The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises the best parks and green spaces across the country.

The Beacon Reserve comprises 87 acres of traditionally managed wild flower meadows and community woodland and is jointly owned and managed by Cornwall Council and Bodmin Town Council.

The Beacon is among a record-breaking 1,448 parks and green spaces to have received the award this year. Others include Kensington Gardens and Regents Park in London.

Before making a decision a Green Flag representative tours the site and meets the owners, managers and users. The representative then judges the adoption of the management plan and the quality of the open space against eight strict criteria.

Chairman of the group David Ferris said the group welcomes the public's thoughts and ideas for the Beacon.

The judges' report praised the diversity of flora, fauna and meadow areas.

The report noted: "Good work has been done to make the site presentable including a superb leaflet and also noteworthy are the bookmarks by St Mary's Catholic Primary School and the Beacon Infant and Nursery School."

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