Countryside rangers and members of the Friends of Yeovil Country Park group are celebrating after the park was awarded a top award from RHS South West in Bloom.
Yeovil’s popular country park – which is owned, managed and maintained by South Somerset District Council – won the five-star Best Park 2017 award as part of the Britain in Bloom Pride in Parks Awards.
Representatives from the group applied for the accolade last year. They met with award judges at the site in the summer of 2017, and received the community-led award recently.
Gary Cashmore, chairman of the Friends of Yeovil Country Park, said: “This prestigious award came as somewhat of surprise to us and that makes it even more special.
“It recognises all the hard work done by so many individuals to improve and develop the park into what it is today.
“We will strive to develop the park for the community and want to say a big ‘thank you’ for the considerable effort of the rangers, volunteers and the public who support us.”
Yeovil Country Park comprises of five main areas including a recent extension along the River Yeo adjacent to the Wyndham Park development. All of the areas have very different characteristics, habitats and unique places to explore. The site is well-used by the local community and is situated on the outskirts of the town centre.
Councillor Sylvia Seal, portfolio holder for leisure and culture at South Somerset District Council, said: “This award is testament to the hard work of the friends and volunteers who support the rangers in managing the park.
“Without the help of the friends’ fundraising, and helping at events such as the Spring and Halloween Trails, the Yeovil Country Park would not be the heart of the community that it is.
“The Yeovil Country Park is an important part of the community of the town and now also offers a great destination for visitors. Our thanks go to Yeovil Town Council and its members for their important and ongoing support for the facility.”