Salford now has nine Green Flag Award winning parks and green spaces as Parr Fold Park is awarded its first ever Green Flag Award this year.
Following a successful programme of improvements over the last two years, the hard work and dedication of the Friends of Parr Fold Park and Salford City Council parks team, Parr Fold Park achieved Green Flag status. There are other exciting plans for the park in the pipeline with investment in new tennis courts starting in the autumn.
Agecroft Cemetery, Blackleach Country Park, Boothsbank Park, Clifton Country Park, Peel Green Cemetery, Peel Park, Salford, Victoria Park and Winton Park have all once again kept their place amongst the best in the country increasing Salford’s total to nine.
The Green Flag Award is a national award that recognises the best green spaces in the country and Salford’s nine are among more than 2,200 others to receive or retain the award this year.
Councillor Barbara Bentham, lead member for environment, neighbourhoods and community safety said it was a remarkable achievement and praised the efforts of the many volunteers who support the council in maintaining and improving the parks and green spaces.
“Our parks and green spaces are places for everyone to enjoy. They are vital for our communities,” she said.
“Having nine of our spaces recognised for their excellence is a huge achievement for the city. Parks and green spaces have to meet and maintain very high standards to win this prestigious award, so it is a great accomplishment and I’d like to congratulate and thank everyone involved.”
Judges assess all areas against strict criteria. The spaces are rated on being welcoming, clean, healthy, safe and secure and how well they involve the local community.
Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status for each site.
The Green Flag scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under license from the government.