Kirklees is celebrating once again having been awarded Green Flags for parks and greenspaces across the district.
Beaumont Park, Greenhead Park, Almondbury Hill Fort – Castle Hill, Wilton Park, Crow Nest Park, and Oakwell Hall Country Park have all been awarded the international quality mark for parks and greenspaces.
Beaumont Park shone out in particular winning the highest band achievable.
The last 18 months have seen parks and green spaces play a vital role for residents as places to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.
The news of our parks and greenspaces achieving the Green Flag Awards once again is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams that make these places great spaces for everyone to enjoy.
Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:
“This is wonderful news and really demonstrates the hard work and commitment of all staff involved during what has been a very difficult couple of years.
“During lockdowns our parks have been busier than they have ever been. This has meant operational staff on the ground have had to work doubly hard to keep our parks to the high standards we have come to expect. The fact that we have been able to achieve these awards is a credit to them all.
“I really hope our residents continue to enjoy our parks through the colder months of the year and help our parks staff in keeping them in pristine condition.”
In addition Oakwell Hall also received the much coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation, supported by Historic England, for the management of its historic features.
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said:
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making the parks and greenspaces across Kirklees worthy of a Green Flag Award.”
“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure these places have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and are places that support people to live healthy lives.”
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.