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July 19 2012.

Castle Hill Newhaven Local Nature Reserve and Lewes Railway Land Local Nature Reserve, which are owned and managed by Lewes District Council, have received the Green Flag Awards for the third and fourth year running.
The Green Flag Award recognises well-managed, high-quality green spaces, and is hosted by a consortium on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Councillor Robert Robertson, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Health and the Environment said: "I am pleased that Lewes District Council has won the prestigious Green Flag Award for both Castle Hill Newhaven Local Nature Reserve and Lewes Railway Land Local Nature Reserve. We are very proud of the community work that continues to take place on both sites and receiving the award again for both nature reserves recognise this. The Green Flag Award celebrates the partnership between Lewes District Council, the Railway Land Wildlife Trust and the Castle Hill Conservation Group."

Dan Ross, Lewes District Council Ranger, paid tribute to the volunteers who help keep these nature reserves special places for both wildlife and people. He said: "These sites are important community assets, which are easily accessible places for people to see wildlife on their doorstep. It takes a lot of effort to maintain these sites and I would like to thank the huge number of volunteers who help us to manage them."

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: "We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy".