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Worcester cemetery wins Green Flag for first time – giving the city FIVE flags to wave!

Worcester is going greener than ever this year with the news that no fewer than FIVE council parks have been awarded prestigious Green Flag status, meaning they are officially recognised as being among the country's best green spaces. This year sees a first Green Flag for Astwood Cemetery and Crematorium, the outstanding grounds of which have scoop...

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Cattle ‘let loose’ as part of natural care plan on meadows

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A 15-strong herd of hand-reared cross-bred cattle are about to be released on Ronkswood Hill Meadows, as part of an annual conservation exercise by Worcester City Council. The cattle will be allowed free rein on the local nature reserve site, to help preserve grassland and wildflowers. The initiative is designed to act as a natural and cost-effecti...

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Woodlands and wildflowers – a new look for Perdiswell Park

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Work is due to begin on major improvements to Perdiswell Park which will make it not only a haven for wildlife – but also more accessible to visitors. This month will see the first phase of the work begin, with the creation of almost five hectares of wildflower meadow. Bird and bat boxes will be placed at suitable locations, as well as bee banks – ...

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Footpath closed for work on historic wall

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Part of the pavement on Worcester's London Road, alongside Fort Royal Park, has been temporarily closed so that repairs can be carried out to a damaged wall. The closure has been put in place opposite Green Hill, next to 55 London Road. Signs are in place asking pedestrians to cross to the other side of the road. The closure has been put in place s...

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400 saplings planted as part of Worcester Charter 400

Revd Rosie Moss, Curate of St Nicholas's Chuch; Adrian Gregson, Charter 400 Project Manager; Cllr Stephen Hodgson, Mayor of Worcester; and Revd Diane Cooksey, Vicar of St Nicholas' Church pose by a 400-year-old oak at Perdswell Revd Rosie Moss, Curate of St Nicholas's Chuch; Adrian Gregson, Charter 400 Project Manager; Cllr Stephen Hodgson, Mayor of Worcester; and Revd Diane Cooksey, Vicar of St Nicholas' Church pose by a 400-year-old oak at Perdswell

On Thursday 13 January 2022 the current Mayor of Worcester Councillor Stephen Hodgson joined volunteers to mark the end of the Worcester Charter 400 project by planting saplings in Perdiswell Playing Fields.The Charter 400 team planted the 400 trees at Perdiswell as an environmental gift to Worcester. Tree planting brings a host of benefits from co...

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Four Worcester parks named among the best in the country

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Worcester's Gheulvelt Park, Cripplegate Park, Fort Royal Park and Riverside Park have all received the prestigious Green Flag Award, in this the scheme's Silver Jubilee year.The award is the quality mark for parks and green spaces across the UK. "Over the last eighteen difficult months more people than ever have enjoyed spending time in Worcester's...

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Popular Park at Cromwell Crescent gets makeover

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Worcester City Council is undertaking several improvements at Cromwell Crescent Park (WR5 2JW), with work commencing today (Monday 6 September). New all-weather paths are to be created along with the installation of more bins, park benches, cycle hoops, picnic tables and natural play features in the play area. The iron entrance gate and posts which...

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Have your say on proposals to close pedestrian railway crossings

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Worcester residents are being invited to have their say on proposals to close two pedestrian railway crossings in the city because of concerns about safety and anti-social behaviour. There are fears that people could be injured when they walk across the rail lines at the crossings at Brickfields Park and the Laugherne Brook Nature Reserve (known as...

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Tennis served up again in Worcester

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Tennis courts in Worcester's Cripplegate and Gheluvelt Parks are set to re-open on 29 March, in line with current Government guidance. The five new tennis courts in Cripplegate Park, which re-opened in September 2020 following a £377,000 investment from Worcester City Council and the Lawn Tennis Association, is expected to be particularly popular. ...

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Four Worcester parks win national awards

The Green Flag being put in place at Riversie Park Pictured in 2019, when the Riverside Park first received the Green Flag, are (l to r) Graham Pratt, Worcester City Council Riverside Team; Mark Worrall, Worcester City Council Green Space Team Supervisor; Cllr Joy Squires, Chair of Worcester City Council Environment Committee; Timothy Booker, Canal and River Trust Area Operations Manager; Cllr Andy Stafford, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council Environment Committee; and Dexx the dog

For the second year running four of Worcester's parks have been named as among the very best in the entire country – with each of them awarded a coveted Green Flag award. The awards have been announced at a time when millions of people are seeing the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep. Gheluvelt Park, Cripplegate Park, For...

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Popular skate park re-opens, following improvements

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A Worcester skate park which was built in memory of a popular local teenager has re-opened, following improvements. The skate park (located in Oldbury Road, Dines Green, Lower Broadheath WR2 6JS) is dedicated to Nathan Spiers, who tragically died in 2002 at the age of fourteen, after falling into difficulties whilst out with friends on a fishing tr...

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New balls please – £377k investment brings state-of-the art tennis facilities to Worcester

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More people in Worcester can now enjoy the benefits that come from playing tennis thanks to a partnership between the sport's governing body, the LTA, Worcester City Council and its leisure operator Freedom Leisure, as new state-of-the art courts open in two of the city's most popular parks. The Tennis in the Park initiative is the start of a major...

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Funding for proposed Worcester walking and cycling bridge is welcomed

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The Leader of Worcester City Council has today welcomed the announcement by the Government of £1 million in funding for a proposed new walking and cycling bridge across the River Severn. The investment in the ambitious project is among £12 million coming to Worcestershire as part of the Government's Getting Building Fund, which aims to deliver jobs...

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Young people warned over dangers of nitrous oxide

Young people are being warned about the dangers of inhaling nitrous oxide (laughing gas), following the discovery of several hundred empty canisters in parks and open spaces across Worcester since the beginning of lockdown. "It is very dangerous to inhale nitrous oxide (laughing gas) directly from the canister. You risk falling unconscious or suffo...

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Play area revamps to be considered

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More than £300,000-worth of improvements to play areas in Worcester are set to be considered by councillors. New fencing around the Splashpad, improvements to the play area at Cripplegate Park and a new basketball practice area are among the improvements to be considered by the City Council's Environment Committee on January 28. The improvements, r...

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Diseased and damaged trees to be removed from city park

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Two prominent trees in Worcester's Gheluvelt Park are to be removed to protect the safety of the park's visitors. The large cedar by the Pump House has recently lost one of its biggest branches due to heavy water logging – a common issue with this species of tree. As a result, the cedar's crown is not able to provide enough energy to sustain the re...

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Relive Fort Royal memories on August Bank Holiday

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The Friends of Fort Royal are hosting a fun family event in the Park on Bank Holiday Monday – and everyone is welcome. At the event, which takes place on Monday 26 August from 4.00pm to 7.00pm, there will be live entertainment from Orchard Band and Drumlove, with the opportunity to join in a live Zumba session too. Afternoon teas will be on sale, t...

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Big turnout for Show which celebrates Worcester’s creative spirit

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Around 10,000 people are estimated to have attended this year's Worcester Show in Gheluvelt Park on Sunday 11 August – and the occasional shower didn't dampen their spirits. An enhanced line up of musical entertainment proved a big draw throughout the day, with rock 'n' roll from The Strays, ska from The Social Ignition, punk from the VHT's and aco...

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New defibrillator for Cripplegate Park

Pictured with the new Cripplegate Park defibrillator are Stuart Minchin, Worcester City Council Community Engagement Officer; Heather Stone of West Midlands Ambulance Community First Responders; Steven Bonnington, General Manager of Hickory’s Smokehouse restaurant; Shirley Purvis, Consortium of Cripplegate Bowlers Secretary; and Councillor Chris Cawthorne of the Friends of Cripplegate Park. Pictured with the new Cripplegate Park defibrillator are Stuart Minchin, Worcester City Council Community Engagement Officer; Heather Stone of West Midlands Ambulance Community First Responders; Steven Bonnington, General Manager of Hickory’s Smokehouse restaurant; Shirley Purvis, Consortium of Cripplegate Bowlers Secretary; and Councillor Chris Cawthorne of the Friends of Cripplegate Park.

A new defibrillator with the potential to save lives has been installed in Worcester's Cripplegate Park. A defibrillator is a machine that sends a high energy electric shock through the heart - the aim is to return a heart to its normal working state if it goes into cardiac arrest. The Cripplegate Park defibrillator, provided by West Midlands Ambul...

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Have your say on improvements to Perdiswell Park

Worcester residents are being asked to give their views on what improvements they'd like to see at Perdiswell Park in the north of the city. The park is a popular destination for walkers, joggers, dog owners, kids and people looking for a little peace and quiet. Now the City Council is keen to hear how residents and visitors would like to see the p...

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