St Helens Parks Win Green Flag Awards

St Helens, Park

North West scoops awards for best parks and open spaces
The best parks and green spaces in the North West were named today by Baroness Kay Andrews, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.
A record 538 Green Flag Awards - the national standard for parks and green spaces - have been awarded to sites across the country. And the North West comes out top of the tree with 159 - 36 more than last year's bumper crop.
The scheme has been running for 11 years and this year has seen a 32 per cent rise across the country in the number of winners, further evidence of the renaissance of our parks and green spaces. Winners are judged to be welcoming, safe and well maintained and involve the local community.
Baroness Andrews said:
"I'd like to congratulate all of the Green Flag winners this year. The huge rise in winners is yet more evidence that across the country the standard of our parks continues to rise. Parks are an oasis of calm and natural beauty and have a vital role to play in our modern lives as places where people come together to relax, exercise and play.
"Green Flags are awarded to the country's best parks but everyone should be able to enjoy great quality parks and green spaces. Our ambition is that all communities should benefit from this renaissance and local people have the opportunity to take part in the transformation of their parks. "
Paul Todd, the Green Flag Award scheme's programme manager, said:
"We are once again delighted with the huge growth in winners, highlighting the importance quality green spaces play in our communities. These winning sites are all freely accessible to the public, providing time out from the stresses of modern day life. "Well done to the many dedicated parks staff, friends groups and passionate individuals who have worked hard to provide these vital green spaces which help improve the quality of life for everyone."
In addition, 60 community run sites were awarded Green Pennants and 30 sites achieved Green Heritage Site Accreditation.
Following the announcement, many of these Green Flag Award winners will be celebrating their success with special events in their parks. See for details.
The Green Flag Award is a key component of the Government's commitment to create cleaner, safer, greener communities. This year's winners will celebrate their achievements at a major ceremony at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. Supported by Leeds City Council, Caliba Signs and Sutcliffe Play, winners will be awarded their Green Flags at the event, which for the first time includes a suppliers' exhibition.

The Parks in St Helens Winning Green Flag Status were

St Helens Council Bankes Park Helens
St Helens Council Clinkham Wood Community Woodland Local Nature Reserve
St Helens Council Mesnes Park Helens
St Helens Council Taylor Park Helens
St Helens Council The Duckeries
St Helens Council Downhall Croft Park
St Helens Council Siding Lane Park

Well done to all those responsible for the upkeep of these green spaces

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