Hyndburn parks fly the flag as some of the country’s best

In a record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award, as the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, nine of Hyndburn’s parks are among the 2127 celebrating success

Hyndburn Council has been awarded a Green Flag Award for Accrington Cemetery & Crematorium, Cutwood Park, Gatty Park, Lowerfold Park, Mercer Park, Oakhill Park, Peel Park, Rhyddings Park and Wilsons & Woodlands.

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

[Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE, at Oak Hill Park]

After 18 months 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 Hyndburn’s Parks have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams that make our green spaces somewhere that everyone can enjoy.

They join parks and green spaces as diverse as the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Woodhouse Park in Peterlee and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London.

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said:

‘I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making these sites worthy of a Green Flag Award.

‘To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure such high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management, resulting in places that support people to live healthy lives.’

This was echoed by Hyndburn Borough Council leader Miles Parkinson OBE, who commented:

‘To be recognised as the local authority with the single most Green Flag spaces in Lancashire is a huge honour and something our communities can be proud of.

‘These awards are recognition of both the excellent work done by our parks teams and the selfless time given by neighbourhood volunteers.

‘Our beautifully maintained parks and green spaces are enjoyed and respected by Hyndburn residents and contribute hugely to the mental wellbeing of so many.’

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.

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.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We set the standard for the management of parks and beaches, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and live more sustainably. We run 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, 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.