Three of Preston’s parks have had their special historic status upgraded.
Moor Park, Avenham Park and Miller Park are all now having a star added to their grade II listing.
The new status means the parks are particularly important, “of more than special interest” according to English Heritage.
Just 30 parks in England have the new Grade II* status.
Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for the environment on Preston City Council, said: “This really is a fantastic achievement. Preston now has three parks – Moor Park, Avenham & Miller Parks that are rated Grade II* and one Grade II listed at Haslam Park – recognised as nationally important on the historic parks register.
“This is great recognition of many years’ hard work and dedication in conserving and improving our parks, with the help of our partners. It also provides a superb acknowledgment of the Heritage Lottery Funds investment and support to date for the city of Preston and Preston’s parks.”
You can see our tribute to some of Preston’s award-winning parks with our photo special.
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