Sunderland parks and cemetery win Green Flag awards

Colin Wilbourn's "Up in Smoke" and "Wooden Waggonway" a two part sculpture which has been unveiled at Elba Park on the site of the former Lambton Colliery and Coke Works.

Colin Wilbourn's "Up in Smoke" and "Wooden Waggonway" a two part sculpture which has been unveiled at Elba Park on the site of the former Lambton Colliery and Coke Works.

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AWARD-WINNING green spaces have been flagged up.

Keep Britain Tidy has revealed the winners of this year’s Green Flag Awards, and parks and a cemetery on Wearside are among a record-breaking number of North- East winners,.

Suzanne Rootham proudly holds up the 2013-14 Green Flag Award while Stephen Bennett, Hetton Ward Team Leader, Shirley Carr, Friends of Hetton Lyons Park, Tom Hill , Springboard Project Officer, Cllr Blackburn, John Paterson , RLS Officer and Senior Watersports Officer John Pooley display the flag.

Suzanne Rootham proudly holds up the 2013-14 Green Flag Award while Stephen Bennett, Hetton Ward Team Leader, Shirley Carr, Friends of Hetton Lyons Park, Tom Hill , Springboard Project Officer, Cllr Blackburn, John Paterson , RLS Officer and Senior Watersports Officer John Pooley display the flag.

Six Sunderland City Council parks were given the honour with Mowbray Park, Roker Park, Barnes Park and Herrington Country Park all retaining Green Flag status. Usworth Park in Washington and Hetton Lyons Country Park have both been awarded Green Flags for the first time.

Sunderland councillor James Blackburn said: “We are delighted that Sunderland’s parks are again being recognised nationally for their excellence.”

“Our city has so much to offer both residents and visitors alike, and a lot of hard work goes into maintaining our parks which provide so many people with so much enjoyment.”

Chester-le-Street’s Riverside Park and Ropery Lane Cemetery also landed the accolade while Horden Parish Council secured its seventh consecutive Green Flags for the village’s Memorial Park and Welfare Park.

Councillor Brian Stephen, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “Having so many sites listed with this prestigious status is testament to the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of everyone involved.”