FOUR Sunderland parks are among Britain’s best.
Roker and Barnes Parks, Mowbray Gardens and Herrington Country Park are among 1,424 UK sites to have received a Green Flag Award – the national award for public and community parks and green spaces.
“We are absolutely delighted that four Sunderland parks have been awarded Green Flag status,” said Coun James Blackburn, Portfolio Holder for City Services with Sunderland City Council.
“The council is committed to providing green spaces for communities to enjoy and Roker Park, Barnes Park, Herrington Country Park and Mowbray Park are four fantastic examples of this.”
Green Flag status is an independent endorsement of the quality of a park and it shows visitors that it is well maintained and well managed.
“Being awarded Green Flags for four of our parks is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in looking after them, and this includes the people who visit them.”
The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Communities Minister Andrew Stunell said: “Great parks and green spaces have a huge impact on communities, providing places to play and relax as well as bringing generations together in a variety of ways.
“They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages, and the Green Flag Award scheme seeks to help raise the standards of them all.
“The many excellent stories coming from the scheme prove what communities and volunteers can achieve by working together with professionals in our green spaces. Well done to all those involved in creating these inspirational places for everyone to enjoy.”
Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd added: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.
“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic places.
“I must also thank all this year’s 800+ volunteer judges for their magnificent efforts in assessing an astounding number of applications.”
Information on all winners can be viewed at: www.greenflagaward.org.uk