Staff celebrate Green Flag award for King’s Lynn memorial gardens

Borough Council staff celebrate a Green Flag award for their gardens at Mintlyn Crematorium. LtoR - Kevin Galley, Robert Barnes, Operations Manager Chris Durham, Cemeteries and Crematorium Manager Dave Clayton, Public Urban Space Manager Nathan Johnson, Paul Pepper and Herbie Knights. ANL-150723-210708009
Borough Council staff celebrate a Green Flag award for their gardens at Mintlyn Crematorium. LtoR - Kevin Galley, Robert Barnes, Operations Manager Chris Durham, Cemeteries and Crematorium Manager Dave Clayton, Public Urban Space Manager Nathan Johnson, Paul Pepper and Herbie Knights. ANL-150723-210708009
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Staff at the Mintlyn Crematorium, near Lynn, have been showing off the Green Flag award the site’s memorial gardens won for the first time this week.

The site joins the Walks and Tower Gardens in Lynn and Hunstanton’s Esplanade and Boston Square Gardens in holding the award.

More than 1,500 sites have received the Keep Britain Tidy award, which recognises high quality green spaces.

And David Pope, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for ICT, leisure and public space, said: “We are particularly pleased to have achieved a Green Flag for the memorial gardens at Mintlyn.

“These gardens, which are made up of The Walks, The Lawns, The Woodland Glades, the Garden of Comtemplation and the Conifer Gardens, require a high level of maintenance and have to be sensitively cared for because they are almost an extension of the crematorium.

“The gardeners at Mintlyn work tirelessly to look after the myriad shrubs, trees and other plants that grow in the acidic soil and to ensure that each of the areas are well kept as they know that people come here to remember their loved ones.

“They understand the need for dignity and respect in the work they do and the requirement to create a tranquil and beautiful environment.

“The memorial gardens as a whole are a place for quiet contemplation and peaceful reflection.

“This award recognises that this is a green space of the very highest quality and one that we can be very proud of indeed.”

Pictured showing off the flag, from left, are Kevin Galley, Robert Barnes, operations manager Chris Durham, cemeteries and crematorium manager Dave Clayton, public urban space manager Nathan Johnson, Paul Pepper and Herbie Knights.