Eight Pendle parks take Green Flag honours

Lee Johnson, Eric Phair, Steve Hargreaves, Sue Nike, Thomas Johns, Dave Campy and Keith Higon with the Green Flag Award 2015/16 for Alkincoates Park.
Lee Johnson, Eric Phair, Steve Hargreaves, Sue Nike, Thomas Johns, Dave Campy and Keith Higon with the Green Flag Award 2015/16 for Alkincoates Park.

Pendle’s parks are proving a hit once again, with eight of them earning Green Flag honours and one also scooping a National Wildlife Award!

The borough’s eight Friends of Parks groups, along with Pendle Council staff, celebrated the news and collected their awards at a special ceremony in Oldham.

The Awards are a signal to visitors to our parks that they are good quality, safe and welcoming spaces with excellent facilities

Coun. Nadeem Ahmed

They also got the great news that Pendle has been named as one of only two areas in the North West to win a national Bees’ Needs award after DEFRA and Keep Britain Tidy recognised the wildlife friendly meadows which are good for bees and other pollinators at Alkincoats Park, Colne.

Pendle was also nominated by Green Flag for a DEFRA Champion of Champions award and received a certificate for being shortlisted for this national award.

The eight Pendle parks celebrating flag success are:

l Marsden Park, Nelson, and Memorial Park, Barrowford, which have each won the award for an eighth consecutive year.

l Heyhead Park in Brierfield, Barnoldswick’s Valley Gardens, Colne‘s Alkincoats Park and Victoria Park in Nelson, which have all retained the Green Flag Award for the seventh year.

l Nelson’s Walverden Park which will be flying its Green Flag for a sixth year.

l And Ball Grove Park in Trawden which has retained its Green Flag for a second year.

Coun. Nadeem Ahmed, Executive member for Communities, Parks and Recreation, said: “I’m delighted we’ve retained all eight of our Green Flags for another year. They’ll fly proudly above these eight parks!

“The awards are a signal to visitors to our parks that they are good quality, safe and welcoming spaces with excellent facilities. They are also a huge acknowledgement of the hard work of our staff and also the Friends of Parks, who work as volunteers to help manage and maintain our parks. My congratulations go to all of them for their work and dedication.”

Green Flag Awards, a Keep Britain Tidy scheme, recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces in the UK.

The title is awarded every year to parks that meet strict assessment criteria. Judges visited Pendle’s parks in late spring and judged them against these eight criteria:

l A welcoming place

l Healthy, safe and secure

l Clean and well maintained

l Sustainability

l Conservation and heritage

l Community involvement

l Marketing

l Management

Kieron Roberts, Green Spaces Development Officer at Pendle Council, said: “In recent years our budgets to maintain and improve our parks have decreased, but our enthusiasm – and that of the Friends of Parks – certainly hasn’t. We’ve continued to work hard to make our parks the best they can be and it’s great to have these Green Flag Awards as recognition for that work.”

Sue Nike, chairman of Barrowford Friends, said: “We are absolutely delighted. We have also been replacing a lot of the shrubbery It’s looking much more colourful.”

In Colne’s Alkincoats Park there has been a great improvement for animals, especially bees, with the planting of 200 new fruit trees.