Green flag for Pill

PUBLISHED: 09:15 03 August 2010

Green Flag Award to Watchhouse Hill, Portishead.

Green Flag Award to Watchhouse Hill, Portishead.

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A POPULAR open space in Pill has been recognised as one of the country’s best.

A POPULAR open space in Pill has been recognised as one of the country’s best.

Watchhouse Hill has been given a national Green Flag award, which is only awarded to well-managed and high-quality public green spaces.

The 10-hectare spot on the eastern side of Pill is managed by the enthusiastic Friends of Watchhouse Hill who survey its plants, maintain it and organise events there.

It is popular with many different groups of people including dog walkers and cyclists and facilities include a multi-use games area, teen shelter, two football pitches, a cycle track and benches positioned for the best views.

The site runs alongside the River Avon and provides welcome leisure and recreational facilities close to Bristol.

Friends of Watchhouse Hill chairman Arthur Taylor said: “This was our third attempt at gaining the award and we are really pleased we have succeeded this year.

“It pays tribute to all of the people that put hard work and effort into getting it.”

Handed to only the green spaces of the highest quality in Britain, the Green Flag Award is judged using criteria including sustainability, conservation and heritage, community involvement, safety and security and management.

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