Flying the flag for a great park

Clay House Community Group

Calderdale parks have once again been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the best in the world. 

Seven parks in Calderdale are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that have received the prestigious Green Flag Award, which is the mark of a quality park or green space.  

Clay House Park in West Vale, Wellholme Park in Brighouse, plus Manor Heath Park, People’s Park, and Ogden Water Country Park all in Halifax will once again fly the Green Flag. Bailiff Bridge Memorial Garden has also received the special Green Flag Community Award and Shibden Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Heritage Award. 

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. 

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, said: 

“It’s great news that once again so many Calderdale parks will proudly display the Green Flag.  

“Council staff and volunteers do an amazing job in keeping our parks and green spaces in excellent condition and I’m pleased that this hard work has been officially recognised. 

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors and it’s especially appropriate that the Green Flag announcement coincides with Love Parks Week, when we’re celebrating our local green spaces.” 

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. 

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”  

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