Today, a record number of parks and green spaces collect Green Flag Awards, with eight of them right here in Hyndburn!
Seven parks and one cemetery in Hyndburn have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.
Accrington Cemetery and Crematorium, along with Wilson Playing Fields & Woodlands, Lowerfold Park, Cutwood Park, Oakhill Park, Mercer Park, Gatty Park and Peel Park are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
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.
Cllr Paul Cox, Cabinet Member for Parks, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive eight Green Flag Awards, showing that these green spaces are well managed and maintained, welcoming, safe for users and have good links with the local community. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication of staff and volunteers that goes into maintaining our parks and green spaces to such a high standard.”
He added; “Getting a Green Flag is a real team effort and many staff and community groups have worked long and hard to achieve them here in Hyndburn. Well done and thanks to the Friends and other support groups associated with the parks; Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum; PROSPECTS, Hyndburn Athletics Club, Residents Associations, the Local History Society and our dedicated parks, cemetery and crematorium staff who all worked so hard to make these sites reach the high standards to get Green Flag status.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.”
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”