Today, Walsall Council and the Barr Beacon Trust are celebrating after receiving a Green Flag Award for Barr Beacon Local Nature Reserve and Leamore Park — two of 2,208 UK winners.
The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.
After two years that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that Barr Beacon and Leamore Park have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams of staff and volunteers who make these sites great spaces that everyone can enjoy.
Commenting on the news that Barr Beacon and Leamore Park have met the Green Flag Award standard, Councillor Gary Flint, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said:
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making these sites worthy of a Green Flag Award. Over the course of the pandemic, visitor numbers to our parks and other green spaces have shot up and we know how much they’re loved and valued.
Councillor Chris Towe, Vice-chair of the Barr Beacon Trust said:
“The Trust, in partnership with Walsall Council and with the help of many volunteers, has put a lot of time and effort into maintaining the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award over the last 10 years or so and I’m pleased to say that investment is really paying off now.
Councillor Mike Bird, Leader of Walsall Council said:
“I’d also like to give a shout-out to our friends at The Canal and River Trust on achieving Green Flag status for the Walsall Flight and Walsall canal basin. The canal basin is a really attractive feature of our town centre and firmly at the forefront of our vision for the town centre of the future.”
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available here
Note to editor
Other Green Flag green spaces in Walsall re-accredited this year:
- Blackwood Park, Streetly
- Fibbersley Local Nature Reserve, Willenhall
- King George V Playing Fields, Bloxwich
- King’s Hill Park, Darlaston
- Palfrey Park, Palfrey
- Rough Wood Local Nature Reserve, Willenhall
- Walsall Arboretum, Walsall
- Willenhall Memorial Park
The Green Flag Award Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. It sets the standard for the management of parks and beaches, inspires people to be litter-free, to waste less and live more sustainably. It runs campaigns and programmes including the Great British Spring Clean, Eco-Schools, Love Parks, Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, its campaigns and programmes visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.
Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site Accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.