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Moor Park gains Green Flag status to notch up seven top parks in Preston

Posted on - 16th July, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Avenham, Fishwick, Moor Park, Parks, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Winckley Square
Moor Park has seen a major change in fortunes Pic: Gary Bond
Moor Park has seen a major change in fortunes Pic: Gary Bond

Another of Preston’s parks has gained Green Flag status to recognise it as one of the country’s best green spaces.

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Long derided as run down and a dogging hotspot, Moor Park is now on the list of parks to proudly fly the green flag.

More than £2million in Heritage Lottery Funded restoration is being spent on improving the park.

The city’s other parks in Avenham Park, Miller Park, Ashton Park, Haslam Park, Winckley Square Gardens and Fishwick Nature Reserve have all retained their green flag status.

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The Friends of Haslam Park have also retained their Green Flag Community Award for the sensory garden and nature reserve they maintain.

Preston City Council’s cabinet member for community and environment councillor Brian Rollo said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for seven sites across Preston, including Moor Park for the first time.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining them all to such a high standard.

“It’s great recognition for all the hard work by park rangers, gardeners, staff, volunteers and Friends Groups to keep all our parks and open spaces looking at their best all year round. We’re especially proud to include Moor Park this year, following the restoration project. Huge thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund, other partners and contractors who have helped us get to this position.”

A cricket match in the recently restored Winckley Square Pic: 70023venus2009
A cricket match in the recently restored Winckley Square Pic: 70023venus2009

Winckley Square gardens is also retaining its Gren Heritage Site Accreditation for the management of the historic gardens.

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International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

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