Colchester´s parks are again vying for recognition in a national awards scheme.
Last year five parks and open spaces in Colchester held on to their coveted Green Flag status – the national standard of excellence.
They included Colchester Cemetery and Crematorium, in Mersea Road, which kept its Green Flag status for a second year.
Others to keep the standard included High Woods Country Park and Castle Park, which was also awarded Green Heritage status for its historical value.
Bob Penny, Colchester Council’s parks and recreation manager, said he hoped Colchester’s spaces would again be recognised.
However, no application has been made for Colchester Cemetery and Crematorium this year.
Mr Penny said: “Colchester Council will be applying for Green Flag awards – both for High Woods and the Castle Park.
“On both sites we have been doing a lot of work from the point of view of new facilities. We have got a new play area at Castle Park and at High Woods we have resurfaced and extended the car park, so we are certainly hopeful.’’ Mr Penny said the decision not to include the cemetery was financial. He added: “It was felt the cemetery didn’t benefit a great deal by having a Green Flag, it is not a public space in the way that Castle Park and High Woods are.”
The churchyard at St Peter and Vincula Church, in Coggeshall, which last year received a green pennant – awarded to parks or open spaces managed by volunteers – has also applied for a flag.
Bids have also been launched to retain the flags marking Frinton’s Crescent Gardens and Clacton’s Seafront Gardens.
Frinton secured its flag last year at the first attempt, while Clacton has been flying the Green Flag since 2009.
Bids were put forward by Tendring Council, which owns the sites.
The council works with Frinton in Bloom to maintain Crescent Gardens, which was also recently visited by Green Flag judges.
The awards are run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, along with GreenSpace and conservation charity BTCV.
Winners will be announced later this summer.