Six Sunderland parks bid to be Britain’s best

Councillor James Blackburn holding the Green Flag which has been awarded to Usworth Park in Washington with councillors, Jill Fletcher and Bernie Scaplehorn along with Suzanne Rootham ( 2nd left), Robert Steele and Stephen Meek from Sunderland City Council.

Councillor James Blackburn holding the Green Flag which has been awarded to Usworth Park in Washington with councillors, Jill Fletcher and Bernie Scaplehorn along with Suzanne Rootham ( 2nd left), Robert Steele and Stephen Meek from Sunderland City Council.

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WEARSIDERS are being urged to vote for their favourite park as part of a national competition.

Six Sunderland parks were handed prestigious Green Flag awards by Keep Britain Tidy earlier this summer.

Mowbray Park, Roker Park, Barnes Park and Herrington Country Park all retained their Green Flag status, while Usworth Park, in Washington, and Hetton Lyons Country Park were awarded Green Flags for the first time.

Now all six are in the running for the environmental charity’s annual People’s Choice Award, which gives the public the chance to decide which one of the country’s 1,448 Green Flag sites should be named park of the year in an online vote.

Councillor James Blackburn, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for city services, said: “We’re lucky enough to have some lovely parks here in Sunderland and a lot of hard work goes into maintaining parks for people to enjoy, so it was fantastic to win Green Flag awards for six of them this year.

“We know people in Sunderland are passionate about their parks and we hope they will take the time to vote for their favourite.”

To vote, visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk and click on the ‘North East’ menu and ‘Sunderland’ on the map.

Voting closes at noon on Tuesday, October 1, with the winner announced on Wednesday, October 9.