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Bournville Village Green is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

The Green, managed and maintained by housing association and charity Bournville Village Trust, is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that has this year received a prestigious Green Flag Award.

Now celebrating its 20th year, the awards recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A Green Flag is a sign that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

This is the third consecutive year that Bournville Village Green has been awarded the Green Flag Award.

Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: “All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

Often described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Bournville, the Village Green dates back to 1900 and was part of chocolate-maker George Cadbury’s original plans for the garden village.

Today, it regularly plays host to some of Bournville’s most popular events, including the Christmas Eve carol service and the Christmas lights switch on, organised by Bournville Village Council.

It is also home to the listed Bournville Rest House which was built in 1914 to celebrate the silver wedding anniversary of George and Elizabeth Cadbury and paid for by Cadbury workers.

Bournville Village Green is one of 12 parks and open spaces that families are being encouraged to visit as part of the Trust’s Great Green Discovery Trail this summer.

The self-guided Trail is free to take part in and will run from 27th July to 30th August.

For more information about the Great Green Discovery Trail, click here. 

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