OTHER parks are green with envy – Elba Park near Sunderland is one of the best in the UK.
The park, on the site of the former Lambton Cokeworks and Colliery, was once one of the most contaminated sites in Europe.
But since opening in 2010, Elba Park has been transformed into a prize-winning patch of green.
The park, between Shiney Row and Fence Houses, has retained its Green Flag status for the second year running.
The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises the best parks and green spaces across the country. Andrea Baxter, Elba Park’s senior community ranger, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the second year running.
“We have worked very hard over the past four years to make sure that Elba is a space that people want to visit, and each year it goes from strength to strength.”
Elba Park is owned by The Land Trust and managed by environmental charity Groundwork North East & Cumbria.
Ian Kendall, estates manager at The Land Trust, said: “We are delighted that Elba Park has achieved green flag status again as this shows on-going commitment to the park.”
As well as a new trim trail for keeping fit outdoors, the parkland boasts five pieces of artwork inspired by its industrial heritage, almost 80,000 native trees and woodland, meadow and wetland habitats.
To celebrate Love Parks Week, a host of activities will be taking place in the park this week.
A ceremony will be held by the Chester Road entrance at 6.30pm tomorrow, followed by an evening bird walk led by Groundwork staff.
Families are also invited to a summer fun day on Saturday, August 23, from 11am-3pm.