ONE of Ilfracombe's most popular parks has kept its coveted Green Flag for the fifth year in a row. Bicclescombe Park has once again been awarded Green Flag status, the national standard for parks and green spaces only awarded to the country's best parks.

ONE of Ilfracombe's most popular parks has kept its coveted Green Flag for the fifth year in a row.Bicclescombe Park has once again been awarded Green Flag status, the national standard for parks and green spaces only awarded to the country's best parks.Active and committed community groups combined with excellent management and maintenance within the park have helped it to achieve the award year on year since 2004.Members of the Parks and Amenities team will be attending a ceremony in Liverpool on July 24 to collect the award.A flag raising ceremony will follow on Monday, July 28 at 11am at Bicclescombe Park. The council would like members of the local community to come and help raise the flag to celebrate the achievements of their local park.Alan Beer, parks and amenities manager for North Devon Council, said: "This is wonderful news. A lot of hard work goes into making Bicclescombe Park one of the best parks in the country and receiving the Green Flag is the icing on the cake. This really is an award for the whole community, and we'd like as many people as possible to come and help us celebrate it."Cllr Colin Wright, the council's lead Member for access to services, added: "The enthusiasm and commitment of our Parks and Amenities team, with the active support of the community, have ensured that this traditional park is one of the prettiest corners of Ilfracombe, enjoyed by young and old, residents and visitors alike. "Well done, and let's make every effort to keep it that way."Bicclescombe Park has something for everyone, including seven tennis courts, a children's play area, restored corn mill, picnic area and tearooms.There is a mix of new and old landscape features, from formal Victorian beds to a sensory garden with both sound and light reflection for those with sensory impairments.The park plays host to a number of educational and fun events throughout the year including Easter Egg hunts, a Halloween extravaganza and Junior Park Ranger courses.If you live in the area, or are just visiting, come along on July 28 and help fly the flag to celebrate Bicclescombe's success.