Today, Walsall Council is raising a Green Flag Award at Blackwood Park, Fibbersley Local Nature Reserve, King George V Playing Field, Kings Hill Park, Merrions Wood, Palfrey Park, Walsall Arboretum and Willenhall Memorial Park.
The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.
Walsall is now celebrating a total of eight parks and green spaces that have achieved this high status. The most recent sites to achieve the accreditation are King George V Playing Fields and Walsall Arboretum. Both will now join an honours roll alongside parks and green spaces as diverse as the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Woodhouse Park in Peterlee and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London.
The last 18 months have seen parks and green spaces play a vital role for people throughout lockdowns. They are as places to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, and the news that Walsall has achieved the Green Flag Award at so many sites is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that make the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.
Commenting on the news of the recent awards in Walsall, Councillor Oliver Butler Portfolio holder for Clean & Green services said, “This is a great result for Walsall and is testament to all the commitment and hard work from our staff and many volunteers, which I really admire and appreciate.
“By adding the Arboretum and King George V Playing Fields to this already impressive list, it means we have now achieved a Green Flag status at a total of eight different green spaces around Walsall.
"Walsall Council is proud to gain these awards because the standards needed to get Green Flag status are exacting. These parks and open spaces have met the highest standards in horticulture, safety and environmental management. All of which helps support healthy lives and enhanced well-being. Well done all!”
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.
In celebration of this year’s announcement, Green Flag Award is asking buildings and monuments around the UK to #GoGreenForParks today to show appreciation for the spaces that mean so much to people.
In Walsall a number of sites that have gone green have been lit up. These are:
Palfrey Horse – Palfrey Park
Entrance - Kings Hill Park
Bandstand – Willenhall Memorial Park
Notes to editors
- 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.
- In a record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee,
- Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity and sets the standard for the management of parks and beaches, to inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and live more sustainably.
- Campaigns and programmes include 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, our 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.
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