Hard-working West Lancashire Borough Council staff and local volunteers have made sure two local parks have kept their places among the best in the country.
Coronation Park in Ormskirk and Beacon Country Park in Up Holland have retained their Green Flag Awards, which shows visitors the parks are well-maintained by West Lancashire Borough Council and have excellent facilities.
At Coronation Park the judge met with staff and volunteers and was given a tour of the site by the ranger. The judge also carried out a thorough assessment of the management plan, activity programme, and engagement with the local community. He was so impressed that he gave the park an increased score on last year, raising the park to join some of the best in the country.
Another judge visited Beacon Country Park in a ‘secret shopper’ exercise and was also very impressed by what they saw. This is the ninth successive year Beacon Country Park has retained this prestigious status, and the eighth year in a row for Coronation Park.
The Green Flag award scheme, co-ordinated by Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country.
Council staff and local volunteers work hard all year round to ensure the parks are maintained to a high standards and are places that the public will enjoy visiting.
Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “It is a wonderful achievement to have retained Green Flag status for yet another year. Receiving such recognition from national experts is a real tribute to hardworking Council staff and local volunteers who do a tremendous job of making our parks such fantastic places to visit.”
Councillor Kevin Wilkie, portfolio holder for Street Scene, said: “Staff will continue to work hard to maintain the very high standards necessary to keep these awards and make our parks places that West Lancashire people can be proud of. The Council’s provide a great service and make sure our parks look their best.”
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by Keep Britain Tidy (external link), under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation. Any green space that is 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 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.