Middlesbrough is celebrating a double hat-trick today with coveted Green Flag status awarded to six of the town’s popular parks.
The accolade – following independent assessment by judges from the Keep Britain Tidy campaign – has been retained by Albert Park, Hemlington Lake and Recreation Centre, Linthorpe Cemetery, Fairy Dell and Pallister Park
New for this year is Stewart Park which regains its prestigious Green Flag following the completion of a major £9 million Lottery-funded restoration project.
A record number of sites are receiving Green Flags this year, ensuring more people than ever have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces vital for health and leisure activities.
The award-winning sites – a full list can be found at www.greenflagaward.org.uk - will be raising their flags this week and celebrating their success during Love Parks Week, which runs from Saturday, July 21 to Sunday, July 29.
Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “Once again our parks have received national recognition that they are as good as they can possibly be.
“That’s a fantastic achievement, and something of which everyone in Middlesbrough can be justly proud.
“Our parks and green spaces are a priceless resource, as much for fresh air and exercise as a chance to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet.
“I’m particularly pleased to see Stewart Park regain its Green Flag – it joins the others as a real jewel in Middlesbrough’s crown.”
The Green Flag Award scheme continues to grow internationally with expansion into the Netherlands and Germany due to ambitious pilot projects.
Communities Minister Andrew Stunell said: “Great parks and green spaces have a huge impact on local communities, providing places to play and relax as well as bringing generations together in a variety of ways.
“They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages, and the Green Flag Award scheme seeks to help raise the standards of them all.
“The many excellent stories coming from the scheme prove what communities and volunteers can achieve by working together with professionals in our green spaces.
“Well done to all those involved in creating these inspirational places for everyone to enjoy.”
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.
“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.
“I must also thank all this year’s 800+ volunteer judges for their magnificent efforts in assessing an astounding number of applications.