Celebrations as Rutland Water gets Green Flag award

Photo: SM260711-011ow.jpg'Cutts Close, Oakham, has been awarded Green Flag status. Mayor of Oakham, Joyce Lucas, left, and Oakham deputy town clerk, Allison Greaves, with the Green Flag.
Photo: SM260711-011ow.jpg'Cutts Close, Oakham, has been awarded Green Flag status. Mayor of Oakham, Joyce Lucas, left, and Oakham deputy town clerk, Allison Greaves, with the Green Flag.

ONE of the area’s top tourist attractions has won a Green Flag award.

Rutland Water, which is owned and managed by Anglian Water, received the award, which shows that it is well-maintained, well-managed and has excellent facilities.

Green Flags will be flown at all the car parks in the reservoir.

The flag was received by the Anglian Water team at a ceremony attended by the High Sheriff of Rutland Peter Lawson and Ed Burrows, who is chairman of Discover Rutland.

Visitor operations manager at Anglian Water Kevin Appleton said: “We have always felt that Rutland Water offered something very special but to have that confirmed and recognised in this way is fantastic.

“Getting the Green Flag award is also much deserved recognition for all the people who work hard to make Rutland Water the wonderful attraction it is.

“That’s not just Anglian Water staff but our partners in the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, the sailing club, watersports centre and all the local businesses who do so much to enhance the park.”

Mr Burrows said the award was a “boost” to Discover Rutland’s efforts to promote tourism.

He added: “Discover Rutland works very closely with Anglian Water and we are all extremely proud of Rutland Water.”

The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK and this year a record 1,288 parks and green spaces have been awarded the flag or a community award.

Cutts Close in Oakham, which is owned by Oakham Town Council, has also received a flag.

Oakham majorJoyce Lucas said: “This is great news for Oakham. The awarding of Green Flag status to the park is the culmination of a number of years of hard work and investment.”

She said the town council was keen to continue improving the park.