What is a Green Flag Award?

The Green Flag Award is an international accreditation given to publicly accessible parks and open spaces, managed under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, a UK Government department, by Keep Britain Tidy, who also administers the scheme in England.  The scheme's aim is to promote standards of good management and best-practice amongst the green space sector. It is described by its issuers, Keep Britain Tidy, as an "internationally recognised award that is a benchmark for well-managed green space". (Wikipedia)

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It's here!!

We are delighted to tell you that the first phase of our fitness trail is here . During week commencing 4th September 2023, four  pieces of fitness equipment were installed, two pieces in each of two locations in the East park. One location is close to the boules court, the other is adjacent to the Chalybeate Spa site close to the College Road north side entrance. 

 New fitness equipment in Sandford Park provides a wonderful opportunity for our community’s health and well being. Local residents, led by the Friends of Sandford Parks, raised the finances to cover costs through very generous  individual donations, the Jubilee Jolly event in 2022 and from grants.

The idea has been to respond to the clear demand in the Park and at the time the proposal was first acted upon, to commemorate the memory of the late Duke of Edinburgh who devoted much of his influence towards the promotion of healthy lifestyles particularly among the young.

The four items of equipment are:
Double Air Walker; Combination Pull Down and Chest Press; Chin Up bars and Horizontal Ladder.  

Dependent upon the perceived popularity of the first phase and the ability of FOSP to raise the necessary funds (all suggestions and contributions most gratefully received) a second phase of the trail is anticipated.    To be included would be a rehabilitation and accessible wheelchair arm and pedal bike.

 (Sept. 2023)



Two new table tennis tables have been placed for use by the local and extended community. Bring your own bats and ball and enjoy with friends and family. Just make sure everyone gets a turn!

Friends of Sandford Parks "Jubilee Jolly" 5th June 2022 
- a splendid day for all! 

On the 5th of June 2022, Friends of Sandford Parks (FOSP) held a community event to kick off fundraising to place exercise equipment facilities for the local community to use and to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

The local and wider community were invited to attend, with a wealth of entertainment suitable for all – from dog shows to live performers, local sellers and charities to a Royal Fancy Dress Parade. All who attended enjoyed a day of fun.

The event was opened by the Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Sandra Holliday, who spent time with everyone who had helped make the event a success. This included FOSP senior management, local charities and small businesses, the local scouts battalion and the University of the Third Age (U3A). Most importantly she opened the new table tennis tables and had a rousing match against local Councillor Paul Baker.

FOSP would like to extend their thanks to the event planning committee who worked tirelessly to make the event a success and to all food vendors, local sellers, entertainers and charities who worked with us to ensure guests had a wonderful time. Last but not least, our thanks to each and every person in the community who chose to spend their time celebrating with us, thereby contributing to the success of the event.

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Italian Garden - The Lily Pond

Italian Garden Lily pond    
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Cheltenham Borough Council and the Friends of Sandford Park are embarking on a project to reinstate the water feature back into a lily pond. The first stage of this is to plant the lilies you can now see within the pond. As the pond moves over from chemically managed to a natural filtration system you may see the water not looking at its best. Please bear with us while the pond goes through this process, as the results will be worth it, with a display of beautiful flowers during the summer as well as providing habitat for amphibians and insects.

For any queries please contact the Green Space Team on 01242 262626