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Four Worcester parks win national awards

Green Flag award 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

The Mayor of Worcester opens the new Cripplegate Park tennis courts The Mayor of Worcester opens the new Cripplegate Park tennis courts
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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Worcester’s a riot of colour – thanks to wildflowers

L to R - Clly Andy Stafford, Mark Worrall and Graham Pratt, staff at Worcester City Council who planted wildflowers L to R - Clly Andy Stafford, Mark Worrall and Graham Pratt, staff at Worcester City Council who planted wildflowers
Biodiversity is receiving a boost in the city, thanks to Worcester City Council's wild flower planting programme. "Wildflowers help to make Worcester look beautiful. However they are also important because they support bees and other insects which pollinate plants," explains Cllr Andy Stafford, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council's Environment Com...
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Worcester’s Riverside and three other city parks are among best in UK

Celebrating the Green Flag award for Worcester's Riverside Park are Graham Pratt, Worcester City Council Riverside Team; Mark Worrall, Green Space Team Supervisor; Cllr Joy Squires; Timothy Booker, Canal and River Trust Area Operations Manager; Cllr Andy Stafford; and Dexx the dog. Celebrating the Green Flag award for Worcester's Riverside Park are Graham Pratt, Worcester City Council Riverside Team; Mark Worrall, Green Space Team Supervisor; Cllr Joy Squires; Timothy Booker, Canal and River Trust Area Operations Manager; Cllr Andy Stafford; and Dexx the dog.
Worcester's Riverside Park – along with three others in the city – has been named as one of the best in the UK by the national Keep Britain Tidy campaign. A prestigious Green Flag has been awarded to the park, an 83.9-hectare green area around the River Severn, running through the heart of the city. The Riverside Park joins the roster of Worcester'...
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Free fun on offer at revamped Worcester play area

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School's nearly out for summer – and the Mayor of Worcester is hosting a free event at the recently refurbished Battenhall Rise play area (WR5 2DE) to celebrate. Free face painting, goodie bags and healthy snacks will be available for the first 100 children who come to the Battenhall Rise play site on Saturday 20 July between 10.00am and midday. Wo...
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Cattle ‘let loose’ as part of natural care plan on meadows

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 A 10-strong herd of hand-reared cattle has been 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 wild flowers. The initiative is designed to act as a natural and cost-effective way of k...
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200 new trees for Cripplegate Park

Cllr Joy Squires, centre, meets Taskforce volunteers planting trees in Cripplegate Park Cllr Joy Squires, centre, meets Taskforce volunteers planting trees in Cripplegate Park
Volunteers are planting 200 new saplings in Cripplegate Park, in a bid to improve air quality and to make sure the city centre remains clean and green for generations to come. Members of Taskforce, a volunteer group which gives men with learning disabilities the chance to get involved with positive activities in the community, planted hawthorn, haz...
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