Delight as six Sunderland parks given Green Flags

Sunderland City Council Parks maintenance staff with Coun Michael Mordey, celebrating the city's parks Greenflag Award

Sunderland City Council Parks maintenance staff with Coun Michael Mordey, celebrating the city's parks Greenflag Award

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Wearside is flying the flag high after scooping six awards for its top parks.

The spaces have collected Green Flag titles for the third year in a row, proving Barnes Park, Herrington Park, Hetton Lyons, Mowbray Park, Roker Park and Usworth Park are among the best in the country.

We’re delighted that all our parks have reached this standard for the third time, you just have to take a walk through any of the six parks them to see why we have been awarded the Green Flags.

Councillor Michael Mordey

Groundwork North East has also won a title for Elba Park, near Bournmoor, while Horden Parish Council has collected flags for Horden Welfare Park and Horden Memorial Park in the awards, organised by Keep Britain Tidy.

Durham County Council scooped awards for the Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street and Ropery Lane cemetery in the town.

Cabinet member for city services for Sunderland City Council, Coun Michael Mordey, said: “We’re delighted that all our parks have reached this standard for the third time.

“You just have to take a walk through any of the six parks to see why we have been awarded the Green Flags.

“The groups and friends of our parks, as well as the public who enjoy the open spaces, all have a role to play.

“It’s not just the council staff who work year round to maintain these high standards.”

Andrea Baxter, senior community ranger at Elba Park, said: “We have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months to make changes and improvements at Elba to ensure we kept our flag and made the park more accessible for the community.”