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Leicestershire's newest country park among the best in Britain after Green Flag award

It follows a £3 million revamp of the historic Snibston site

The new cafe at Snibston

Snibston Colliery Park is among the latest winners of a prestigious Green Flag award.

The Leicestershire County Council-run attraction in Coalville has earned the accolade that recognises the very best parks and beauty spots in Britain.

The park, which opened in December 2020 after a £3 million regeneration project, is among nearly 150 East Midlands winners of a 2021 Green flag award.

It joins Beacon Hill Country Park, near Loughborough, and Market Bosworth Country Park – both also managed by the county council - on the Green Flag list.

    We’re absolutely delighted our newest country park at Snibston will now be able to fly a Green Flag alongside some of our wonderful and established attractions.

“If people haven’t yet had a chance to visit Snibston, I’d really recommend it so they can see for themselves what the Green Flag judges already have.

“The area has undergone such an incredible transformation.

“I’m also delighted Beacon Hill and Bosworth have been recognised again.

“They’ve long been amongst the best green spaces in the region.

Cabinet lead member for resources councillor Lee Breckon

Snibston now has the Colliery Café, a play area and the Grange Nature Reserve for visitors to enjoy.

It is also home to the much-loved Century Theatre.

The regeneration project ensured there were nods to the site’s historic mining role through a heritage trail.

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Snibston Colliery Park worthy of a Green Flag Award.”

“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that Snibston has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”

The Green Flag Award scheme is in its 25th Silver Jubilee Year.

It is managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

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