Today I received the news that two of Reading’s most beautiful and historically important parks had been awarded Green Flag and Green heritage Site awards.

Forbury Gardens and Caversham Court Gardens have once again been awarded Green Flag status.  This just confirms what I already knew and that is these parks are wonderful additions to the town.

I’ve known both of them for a very long time. I remember drawing the holly tree in Forbury Gardens during a primary school trip and, when I got married at Reading Town Hall, we had our wedding pictures in it’s beautiful surroundings.

I have memories of Caversham Court from when I was little as my grandparents lived in Caversham but my favourite memories are more recent.  I visited several times as mayor and even had a go at Morris Dancing! I also spent a wonderful warm evening with friends watching Progress Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream last year.


Both these park are free to enter and enjoy all year round, which I think is very important.  You can have a stroll, enjoy a picnic, relax and enjoy some much needed fresh air.  Our parks benefit both body and mind and should be treasured.

Reading Borough Council Press release:

Green Flag Award recognition for two of Reading’s most popular green spaces

The Green Flag is recognition of excellence in six important areas: high-quality horticulture, cleanliness, sustainable practices, being welcoming, being safe, and encouraging community involvement.

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