Holt Country Park, Sadler’s Wood and Pretty Corner, near Sheringham, have again been named amongst the best open spaces in the UK, winning the right to fly the prestigious Green Flag for 2015/16.
It is the eleventh year in a row that Holt Country Park, which, like the other two winners, is run by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), has earned a Green Flag for being welcoming, safe, clean and well-managed.
The 2014 North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) Graham Allen Award has been won by Bessingham Manor for the restoration of the previously derelict grand Victorian country house.
The Manor has a long and intriguing history involving fires, theft and bankruptcy. It has been to auction, been structurally condemned and was even scheduled to be demolished in February 2010.
When the recession hit in 2008, many people chose to leave their city life for a more rural lifestyle because houses in the country were much more affordable. For example, the DEFRA report discovered that an extra 48,000 people moved into rural areas, including Norfolk, in the years 2010-11 on top of 54,000 who relocated to the countryside during the previous year. The poor economy and the unstable housing market just meant that people couldn’t afford their more lavish lifestyle in some of the UK’s biggest cities.