County parks once again among the UK’s best
15 Oct 2020 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
Eleven Northumberland’s parks have been awarded prestigious Green Flag Awards by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which recognises them as some of the very best in the country.
Northumberland’s winning green spaces are: Alexandra Park, Cramlington; Astley Park, Seaton Delaval; Bolam Lake Country Park; Carlisle Park, Morpeth; Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park, Berwick; Doctor Pit Park, Bedlington; Eastwoods Park, Prudhoe; Hexham Parks; Hirst Park, Ashington, Plessey Woods Country Park and Ridley Park, Blyth.
This year the county achieved two extra green flags with Eastwoods Park in Prudhoe and Hirst Park in Ashington achieving green flag status.
The Northumberland parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces that will receive prestigious Green Flag honours – the mark of a quality park or green space.
Councillor Jeff Watson, cabinet member for Healthy Lives said:
“If the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how much we value our local parks and green spaces.
“Each Green Flag Award is a testament to the dedication and hard work that has been put in by our residents and local volunteers and our own staff, towards maintaining the parks to very high standards. We are particularly pleased that two more parks have achieved the status this year. Everyone involved should be very proud.”
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Leader of Northumberland County Councillor Glen Sanderson said:
"Over the past two years we’ve made significant investment in Druridge Bay, Plessey Woods and Bolam Lake Country Parks to enhance their appeal as great places to visit, to make them more accessible and significantly improve the visitor facilities.”
“We’ve also completed construction and landscaping works as part of a major £2.7m rejuvenation project at Hirst Park in Ashington, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund, as well as Ashington Town Council, Ashington Leisure Partnership and the County Council. This year the park achieved Green Flag status.” added Councillor Sanderson.
Paul Todd - Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: “Parks and green spaces have never been more important for the physical and mental health of everyone."
“All the research shows that spending time in good-quality green space can improve people’s health and wellbeing, that is why it is important that they are managed to the recognised standard of the Green Flag Award. This is now something that millions more recognise after the challenges of the past six months. All those involved in the Green Flag Award should be congratulated on their achievement.”