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Six Preston parks keep the green flag flying

Posted on - 16th July, 2019 - 6:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Avenham, Fishwick, Moor Park, Parks, Penwortham, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Tulketh, What's On in Preston
Miller Park on a summer's evening Pic: Gary Bond
Miller Park on a summer’s evening Pic: Gary Bond

Preston’s parks have been recognised once again for their glorious views, flowers and upkeep.

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The latest Green Flag Awards sees Preston City Council keeping the green flag flying at five park and also in the city’s recently renovated Winckley Square.

Green Flag Awards are given to well-managed parks and green spaces across the country.

Parks given the green flag in Preston are Ashton Park, Avenham and Miller Parks, Fishwick Bottoms, Haslam Park, Moor Park and also Winckley Square.

Cabinet member for the environment at the city council councillor Robert Boswell said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive awards as part of the Green Flag Awards Scheme here in Preston.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and these awards celebrate the dedication that goes into maintaining Preston’s parks and green spaces 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.”

Winckley Square being enjoyed in the sunshine Pic: Tony Worrall
Winckley Square being enjoyed in the sunshine Pic: Tony Worrall

There was also a Green Flag Community Award for the Friends of Haslam Park for their volunteer manageent of the sensory and rose gardens and the nature reserve.

Keep Britain Tidy helps to award the Green Flags.

Chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “We have awarded more Green Flags to parks and green spaces this year than ever before, which means beautiful, well-managed and peaceful spaces are accessible to more people than ever. But our message is use it or lose it. Not only does visiting your local park boost your mental health but your visit supports the Herculean effort made by local authorities to provide world-class parks and that has never been harder to do.”

“With around 27,000 parks and greenspaces across England alone Green Flag standard parks are still the exception but the number of awards given out this year is a testament to the hard work and innovation displayed by many local authorities.

“Indeed, Keep Britain Tidy wants to see many more meet the Green Flag Award standards creating a national network of quality parks and green spaces on people’s doorsteps, inspiring more of us to get our ‘20 a day’.

“If you want to boost your wellbeing even more, you could take it one step further and get involved in your local park by joining its friends’ group. Being part of a community goal, while spending time outside, can give a real sense of pride and positivity. We’ve seen it with many of our volunteer groups over the years.”

Read more: The Pavilion Cafe closed in Avenham Park

Over in South Ribble and they also have a number of Green Flags retained.

Hurst Grange Park, Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve and Worden Park are all recognised for their beauty.

Read more: Three Preston parks set to see play areas upgraded and lighting improved

Which is your favourite park or green space in Preston? Let us know in the comments below

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