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Henley Lake goes a global shade of green

Tom Ward, Peter Martin, and Pete Smith. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Masterton’s Henley Lake Park is now proudly flying its international Green Flag award.

Late last year, it became one of only three parks in New Zealand to receive a Green Flag community award.

The flag has been hoisted at the Colombo Rd entrance to the park.

The award was an international mark of a quality park, judged by green-space experts across 27 criteria. These included horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, community involvement, accessibility and providing a welcoming atmosphere.

Community awards specifically recognised those green space sites managed with the help of volunteers or community groups.

Henley Lake is managed by Masterton District Council in conjunction with the Henley Trust.

Trust chair Tom Ward was pleased to have the flag flying.

“The community award is something special, recognising the community involvement in the park. We have an enthusiastic group of 10 trustees involved, assisted by volunteers on various projects, enhancing the original concept for Henley Lake and the work of our predecessors,” he said.

“Henley Trust 2003 was formed some years after a lot of the original work had been done on the park, and specifically in response to the need for work to be done to develop the wetland area.”

It was good timing for the new flag to be raised, he said, as the group was now in the process of putting together its entry for this year’s awards.

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