Calderdale has the highest number of Green Flag parks per head of any local authority in Yorkshire and Humber– and that’s official.
Seven parks in Calderdale have been judged as being some of the very best in the UK, and are among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.
The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park, Centre Vale Park, Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience, Ogden Water Country Park, Shibden Estate, The People’s Park and Wellholme Park will all receive the prestigious award. This means they are all welcoming, safe, clean and well maintained.
The Shibden Estate has more than one reason to celebrate. The Grade II registered park has also won the prestigious national Green Heritage Award, for sites of special historic importance, for the fifth year running.
Another special mention has to go to Ogden Water Country Park, as it is celebrating a fantastic 10 years of achieving the Green Flag Award.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for an incredible seven parks across the Calderdale.
“This Award recognises and highlights that people across the borough are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality, and reflects the hard work of Council staff.”
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:
“We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.
“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.
“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”