Record-breaking year as more than 2,000 green spaces across the country get international quality mark
This week, parks and green spaces across the country are raising their Green Flag Awards with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.
Among them are Willenhall Memorial Park, Kings Hill Park and Palfrey Park, which have raised a Green Flag Award along with four other parks within Walsall including Fibbersley Nature Reserve, Rough Wood Chase, Blackwood Park and Merrions Wood.
This week, Willenhall Memorial Park, Kings Hill Park and Palfrey Park joined buildings and landmarks across the country, including the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe, the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Salford’s Media City, going green for parks to celebrate Green Flag Award success and to say a massive thank you to the parks staff, volunteers and the Green Flag Award Judges for all their work this year.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Willenhall Memorial Park, Kings Hill Park and Palfrey Park are three parks making up the more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.
Councillor Oliver Butler, Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green said:
“The staff in our Clean and Green and Healthy Spaces teams should be rightly proud of these accolades, which reflect their hard work and dedication. I must also though give sincere thanks to the volunteer Friends of the Park groups, who selflessly give such a lot of their time to maintain standards in not just these parks, but also many others across the borough.”
"During the difficult times that are ahead of us all through the winter period as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, our many green spaces across Walsall will be more valuable and important than ever, both as places to help residents remain physically but also mentally healthy."
"Visitors to our green spaces should of course remember to adhere to the Hands, Face, Space message as appropriate, depending on the circumstances."
Commenting on Walsall’s success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said:
“This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.
“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Walsall Council has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
Notes to editors
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership in the UK with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The scheme also operates in an additional 14 countries including Portugal, New Zealand and the USA.
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. It sets the standard for the management of parks and beaches, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. Keep Britain Tidy runs programmes including 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’s, programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.
Any green space that is free to enter and 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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