EKC Commercial Services’ Radnor Park Tea Room has shared in the success after the park became Folkestone and Hythe’s third open space to be awarded the prestigious Green Flag.
Judges from Keep Britain Tidy, which runs the scheme for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, visited Radnor Park earlier this year to make sure it met the strict criteria and was welcoming; healthy, safe and secure, and well-maintained and clean.
The award follows a major regeneration project at the park last year. One element of this was the partnership project between Folkestone College and Folkestone & Hythe District Council which saw the refurbishment of the formerly derelict Radnor Park Lodge by construction students working alongside professional teams. The project transformed the former gate keeper’s lodge into a community team room, which is now run by Supported Learning students and EKC Commercial Services.
As part of the wider regeneration of the park, there was also the opening of a new children’s play area and the reinstatement of a water fountain and statue of Folkestone’s patron saint, St Eansywythe.
Commercial Business Manager Claire Miller, EKC Commercial Services, said: “It’s wonderful to see this great partnership project between our College and the Council celebrated with a Green Flag Award.
“It’s so important for Folkestone College to deliver real benefits for our local community, and the tearoom has helped do this, with loyal customers who’ve been wonderfully supportive of the tearoom. This partnership project with the council has given our students amazing learning opportunities and the tearoom continues to do so. We look forward to seeing Radnor Park continue to flourish in the future.”
Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Cllr David Monk, said the Green Flag was a well-deserved accolade for one of Folkestone’s favourite open spaces.
Cllr Monk said: “Radnor Park is a wonderful green space that is accessible to hundreds of local people and it has always been popular for sport and leisure. We were delighted to lead the project to restore the tea room and support the creation of the children’s play area which has made it even more attractive. This has been the result of a real partnership and a lot of people played their part in helping this wonderful park secure its first Green Flag.”