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caring for our city's heritage and its green open spaces
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SOUTHAMPTON GREEN OPEN SPACES AWARD

 SCAPPS and CoSS  organised the 2016 Green Open Spaces Award for the tenth time.  This project, which is generously sponsored by two members of CoSS, has achieved great success by promoting interest in our local parks in the city.

The Green Flag Award acknowledges the importance of Southampton Common and the Central Parks, but our own award scheme emphasises the need for local communities to identify with their local public open space.

Past winners are:

            St James’ Park, Shirley

            Sholing Doorstep Green

            The Shirley Warren Community Garden

            The Woolston Millennium Garden

            Shirley Pond/Lordsdale Greenway

            Portswood Recreation Ground

            Cedar Lodge Park, Shirley
 
           Town Quay Park
 
           Daisy Dip, Lobella Road

Where no “Friends” groups had existed before, we found that following the receipt of the Open Spaces Award these parks have set up local Friends of the Park groups.

 Judges from both Societies met in July to tour the nominated parks and chose a winner. 

The winner for 2016 was Queen's Park and The Mayor, our President, unveiled a plaque at the successful park  on Thursday 8th September. The Highly Commended award this year went to Sholing Valley Study Centre.

 
 

 


 

Winner 2015 Northam Doorstep Green plaque unveiled 3rd September 2015

The Mayor, Councillor Linda Norris presented the plaque. The award was accepted on behalf of the local community by Victor Newberry who has helped to look after the Green for several years.
The Mayor of Southampton Councillor Linda Norris with Victor Newberry who accepted the Award
The judges of the 2015 Green Open Spaces Award 2015 [image Arthur Jeffery]
Community representatives with the Mayor, Councillor Linda Norris at Northam Doorstep Green

 
 
 


 
Winner 2014 Daisy Dip [Daisy Dip, Lobelia Road, Southampton, SO16 3JQ]
Daisy Dip [image courtesy SCC]

 
Chairman of CoSS and SCAPPS Arthur Jeffery welcomed the Mayor Councillor Sue Blatchford to the ceremony at Daisy Dip [Image courtesy David Turner]

 
 
Arthur Jeffery with the Mayor Councillor Sue Blatchford unveilling the 2014 Open Spaces Award at Daisy Dip Park [Image courtesy David Turner]

 
Dave Rees of SCC Cemetery Management Team [left] engaged in conversation with Barry Gilbert, CoSS member. [Image courtesy Arthur Jeffery]

 
 The Mayor presented the Award Certificate to Jim Cappleman representing Daisy Dip Park [image courtesy Arthur Jeffery]

 
Representatives of Daisy Dip Park with the Award Certificate [image courtesy Arthur Jeffery]

 
The plaque for Daisy Dip Park mounted in the trunk of a willow tree [Image courtesy Arthur Jeffery]

 
Rose Nicole representing Chessel Bay Local Nature Reserve receiving the Highly Recommended Certificate from the Mayor [Image courtesy Arthur Jeffery]


Arthur Jeffery [left] with Dave Rees SCC Cemetery Management Team receiving the Highly Recommended Certificate for St Mary Extra Cemetery [image courtesy David Turner]

 
Arthur Jeffery [left] with Albert Ballantyne representing Freemantle Lake Park receiving the Highly Recommended Certificate from the Mayor. This was the second successive year the Park has received such an award. [Image courtesy David Turner].

 
The judges were impressed with the standard of all the nominations so for 2014 and awarded three "highly recommended" certificates to
 
a)  St Mary's Extra Cemetery in Sholing
     b)  Freemantle Lake Park
     c)  Chessel Bay Local Nature Reserve
 
The Mayor, Councillor Sue Blatchford  presented the awards at Daisy Dip on 4th September 2014 at 11 am
 

Winner 2013 Friends of Town Quay Park

Sign at Town Quay Park

Runner up 2013 Freemantle Lake Park

 Plaque Unveiling by the Mayor of Southampton - The ceremony  took place at 11.00 am on Thursday 5 September 2013 at Town Quay Park. Spectators included some children from St John's Primary School.

Members of CoSS, SCAPPS, OTRA and FOTQP gathering for the plaque ceremony. Image Will Temple.TGhe Mayor and Arthur Jeffery at Town Quay Park. Copyright Ann MacGillivray 2013
Chairman Arthur Jeffery welcomed the Mayor Councillor Ivan White and invited him to unveil the plaque. Image Will Temple.Members and guests at Town Quay Park. Image copyright Ann MacGillivray 2013
The plaque in position at Town Quay Park. Image Will Temple.The Mayor, the chairman Arthur Jeffery and guests at Town Quay Park. Image Ann MacGillivray copyright 2013
Chair of Friends of Town Quay Park Ros Cassy and the Mayor Councillor Ivan White. Image courtesy Arthur Jeffery.Members and guests at Town Quay Park image Ann MacGillivray copyright 2013
Members and guests at Town Quay Park image Ann MacGillivray 2013The Heritage Trio - John Avery, Barry Gilbert and Will Temple at Town Quay Park image Ann MacGillivray copyright 2013


 

The Award is sponsored jointly by the City of Southampton Society and Southampton Common and Parks Protection Society with the support of SCC Hawthorns Wildlife Centre

 

The Green Flag Award  acknowledges the importance of Southampton Common and the Central Parks, but our own award scheme emphasises the need for local communities to identify with their local public open space.



 
 

Outdoor visit to Minstead Church image courtesy Will Temple Outdoor visit on a Guy Arab open top busTug tender Calshot in preservation