Eight West Cheshire sites awarded national Green Flag status

15 August 2016

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been presented with eight national Green Flag awards for its parks and green spaces.

The Green Flag Award Scheme - which recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country - has presented Green Flag Status to Caldy Nature Park, Castle Park, Grosvenor Park, Helsby Quarry Local Nature Reserve, Northwich Woodlands, Stanney Fields Park, Westminster Park and Whitby Park.

Members of the Council's Greenspace team have worked closely with park partners, 'Friends of' groups and the Council's Streetscene team over the last year at the various sites.

The Green Flag Award scheme is organised by the Keep Britain Tidy consortium and is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.

The scheme, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, recognises well-managed, high quality green spaces across England and Wales. This year over 1,600 sites have been judged as meeting the high standards and awarded with a Green Flag.

The Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: "I am delighted that eight sites throughout Cheshire West have been awarded this high accolade, something I know our Greenspace and Streetscene Teams have worked hard to achieve.

"In many cases they are helped by dedicated local groups, who want to make their open spaces as green, sustainable and enjoyable as possible for all and dedicate a lot of their free time to maintaining the park.

"Our parks and green spaces are essential for wellbeing and healthy, happy communities. They are very special places where residents can come together to rest, relax, play, exercise and have fun. Let's hope now the school holidays are well under way, the rest of the summer brings us some nice weather so we can all make the most of them." The Green Flag Award is judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Volunteers from the Friends of Caldy Valley celebrate their Green Flag award
​Volunteers from the Friends of Caldy Valley celebrate their Green Flag award

Council Ranger, Chris Moseley, and volunteers from the Friends of Marbury Park (part of the Northwich Woodlands) celebrating their Green Flag award
Council Ranger, Chris Moseley, and volunteers from the Friends of Marbury Park (part of the Northwich Woodlands) celebrating their Green Flag award

Council Greenspace officers and volunteers from Whitby Park's allotments and community cafe celebrate their Green Flag award - Andy James (Greens Spaces), Anna Farrell, Chris Dodd, George Jones, Keith McEntegort, Rachel Edwards and Rob Jones (Green Spaces)
​Council Greenspace officers and volunteers from Whitby Park's allotments and community cafe celebrate their Green Flag award - Andy James (Greens Spaces), Anna Farrell, Chris Dodd, George Jones, Keith McEntegort, Rachel Edwards and Rob Jones (Green Spaces)

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