Felixstowe’s Seafront Gardens has been awarded a coveted Green Flag for the sixth time, cementing its status as being one of the best kept green spaces in the country.

The Gardens, which East Suffolk Norse maintains with the help of an active volunteer group, were among a record-breaking number of parks and green spaces in the UK to receive a Green Flag Award this year.

The international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Parks and green spaces continue to play a vital role in communities across the country, with many people reconnecting with the great outdoors over the last 18 months, particularly during lockdowns, making the most of the scenic delights on their local doorstep.

And thanks to the hard work and dedication of East Suffolk Norse and volunteers, the public has been able to continue to enjoy the Gardens in full bloom.

East Suffolk Norse’s Grounds Operational Manager, Richard Hackney, said: “The Gardens really are a jewel in the crown of the Felixstowe Seafront, and it’s wonderful to see it receive such high recognition.

“It’s a real pleasure for us to manage these historic gardens, and together with the support of Friends of the Felixstowe Seafront Gardens, we are able to keep them in pristine condition.”

Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism, added: “East Suffolk Council is absolutely delighted that Felixstowe’s iconic Seafront Gardens has received a Green Flag Award for the sixth year.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the Felixstowe Seafront Gardens to such a high standard.”