News article created on 30 July 2018

Bridgwater & Taunton Canal recognised for best green spaces

The Bridgwater & Taunton Canal is among a small number of canals that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The bridge at Maunsel Locks The bridge at Maunsel Locks

This 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.

Richard Thomas, director for Wales & South West at the Trust, said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal. I would like to thank everyone from our volunteers who have worked tirelessly to help us look after the canal to the people that regularly donate money to support our work – we really wouldn’t have won this award without their help.

"We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors to our waterways, and recent research by the Canal & River Trust shows that being next to water is good for your wellbeing. I would urge everyone to take a picnic, go for a walk or bike ride and get out and about this summer and see for themselves just how lovely our waterways are."

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: "We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more green flags awarded this year than last year. 

"Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags."