Seven Pendle parks earn Green Flag award

Friends, gardeners and volunteers of Victoria Park in Nelson celebrate receiving the Green Flag Award.
Friends, gardeners and volunteers of Victoria Park in Nelson celebrate receiving the Green Flag Award.

The quality of Pendle’s parks has once again been marked by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The charity has awarded its coveted Green Flag standard to seven of the borough’s parks.

All of them have received the award at least three times previously, some as many as five.

And that means that a flag can be flown over the park telling visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Pendle’s winning parks in 2013 are:

l Marsden Park, Nelson and Barrowford Park, which have won the award for the sixth consecutive year.

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

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

Coun. Nadeem Ahmed, Executive Member for Parks and Recreation, said: “Retaining these Green Flag Awards means so much to us and to the many members of our Friends of Parks groups who help us maintain them and offer events in them to appeal to their local communities.

“The Green Flags are an endorsement of the good quality, safe and welcoming parks we have in Pendle.

“I for one will feel proud every time I walk past one in our parks.”

The Green Flag Awards is the respected national quality standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.

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, Service Development Officer in Parks, for Pendle Council said: “It’s getting harder to maintain the parks against a backdrop of cuts in budgets and external funding.

“So it makes it all the more satisfying when our parks are recognised by the Green Flag Award judges as meeting their strict assessment criteria.

“Our staff work hard to maintain high standards in our parks and take pride in all that they do.

“Couple their work with the commitment and enthusiasm from our Friends of Parks group members, and that’s clearly a winning formula for Pendle’s parks.”

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd added: “A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.”