20 East Lancashire parks to be awarded 'Green Flag' status

Marsden Park is a recipient

Marsden Park is a recipient

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TWENTY of East Lancashire’s best-loved parks have been awarded ‘Green Flag’ status – an accolade reserved only for the best green spaces in the country.

Eight parks in Pendle, five in Burnley and seven in Hyndburn have all been handed the national award today.

The Friends of Ball Grove Park, Trawden, who have been awarded the Green Flag for the first time after four attempts, say they are “thrilled”.

Jerry Stanford, secretary of the friends group, said: “Ball Grove Park has a different nature to the other Green Flag Award winners in Pendle with a focus as a country park, so we are thrilled that this difference has, at last, been recognised as similarly of merit.”

Ball Grove joins Marsden, Victoria and Walverden parks in Nelson, Memorial Park, in Barrowford, Heyhead Park in Brierfield, Valley Gardens in Barnoldswick and Alkincoats Park in Colne.

Coun Nadeem Ahmed, executive member for parks and recreation, said: “I’m delighted that Ball Grove Park is now included in Pendle’s Green Flag parks. It’s a massive achievement for us and for the Friends of Ball Grove, whose perseverance and dedication to the upkeep of the park, has paid off.”

In Hyndburn, Accrington Cemetery and Crematorium, Wilson playing fields and woodlands, Mercer Park in Clayton-le- Moors, Lowerfold Park in Great Harwood, Cutwood Park in Rishton and Oakhill and Gatty parks in Accrington have all been recognised.

The award judges green spaces in a number of criteria, including safety, cleanliness, sustainability, community involve- ment and management.

Coun Ken Moss, Hyndburn cabinet member for parks, said: “A lot of hard work by a lot of people has gone into getting these Green Flags and their award is a testament to the sterling job done by the many community groups and staff involved.

“The fact that we now have seven sites holding the prestigious Green Flag is great news for everyone, as this shows they are well managed and maintained, welcoming, safe for users and have good links with the local community.”

Burnley was also celebrating as Towneley, Scott, Ightenhill, Queen’s and Padiham Memorial parks were given Green Flags.

Burnley executive member for leisure and culture Coun Bea Foster said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive Green Flag Awards for the fifth year in a row recognising and highlighting that people in Burnley are benefiting from green spaces of the highest quality.

“To have not one but five award-winning parks in a relatively small town is a great achievement. The borough’s parks have something for everyone and I’d encourage people to make the most of the summer weather and visit their local park.”

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3:39pm Mon 28 Jul 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

how much of a bribe did the judges get for awarding Walverden green flag?~?? th park is a **** house litter everywhere Dog muck everywhere the paths are covered in Green Algae that is lethal to walk on there isn't any park keepers anymore or if there are any they are conspicuous by their absence the river bed is a disgusting sight
how much of a bribe did the judges get for awarding Walverden green flag?~?? th park is a **** house litter everywhere Dog muck everywhere the paths are covered in Green Algae that is lethal to walk on there isn't any park keepers anymore or if there are any they are conspicuous by their absence the river bed is a disgusting sight ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 7

4:01pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Noiticer says...

What about Blackburn and Darwen's parks. The renovation works of the past ten years seems to be gradually coming undone due the financial cutbacks and eventually will need more millions of pounds to restore them again - the story of the public realm in the UK - plain crazy!
What about Blackburn and Darwen's parks. The renovation works of the past ten years seems to be gradually coming undone due the financial cutbacks and eventually will need more millions of pounds to restore them again - the story of the public realm in the UK - plain crazy! Noiticer
  • Score: 11

4:13pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Izanears says...

My G*D haven't they dumbed standards down just so that councils can be awarded GREEN FLAGS? I live near a park that every year is awarded a green flag and every year its condition gets worse and worse. The Green Flag is nothing more than a PR con that costs the taxpayer thousands of pounds every year. It is time this farce was stopped.
My G*D haven't they dumbed standards down just so that councils can be awarded GREEN FLAGS? I live near a park that every year is awarded a green flag and every year its condition gets worse and worse. The Green Flag is nothing more than a PR con that costs the taxpayer thousands of pounds every year. It is time this farce was stopped. Izanears
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10:10pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Bellypork says...

I have to say witton looked good on Sunday, stick a flag on there too!
I have to say witton looked good on Sunday, stick a flag on there too! Bellypork
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12:06am Tue 29 Jul 14

soap opera says...

blackburn parks may have been awarded if any of them had tolets which where open
blackburn parks may have been awarded if any of them had tolets which where open soap opera
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6:41am Tue 29 Jul 14

Zak says...

Lot's of work done to paths around the Coppice area in Accrington, bit surprised to not see that on the list as it is a cracking green space.
Lot's of work done to paths around the Coppice area in Accrington, bit surprised to not see that on the list as it is a cracking green space. Zak
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8:19am Tue 29 Jul 14

Bellypork says...

soap opera wrote:
blackburn parks may have been awarded if any of them had tolets which where open
Oh my god, here we go again, never mind the park it must be about the toilets, sad.
[quote][p][bold]soap opera[/bold] wrote: blackburn parks may have been awarded if any of them had tolets which where open[/p][/quote]Oh my god, here we go again, never mind the park it must be about the toilets, sad. Bellypork
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4:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

Izanears wrote:
My G*D haven't they dumbed standards down just so that councils can be awarded GREEN FLAGS? I live near a park that every year is awarded a green flag and every year its condition gets worse and worse. The Green Flag is nothing more than a PR con that costs the taxpayer thousands of pounds every year. It is time this farce was stopped.
must be Walverden!!! I have asked Pendle's parks councillor for the Green Flag Judges contact Details but he Nadeem seems very reluctant to give it to me??
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: My G*D haven't they dumbed standards down just so that councils can be awarded GREEN FLAGS? I live near a park that every year is awarded a green flag and every year its condition gets worse and worse. The Green Flag is nothing more than a PR con that costs the taxpayer thousands of pounds every year. It is time this farce was stopped.[/p][/quote]must be Walverden!!! I have asked Pendle's parks councillor for the Green Flag Judges contact Details but he Nadeem seems very reluctant to give it to me?? ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 0

8:51pm Tue 29 Jul 14

soap opera says...

Bellypork wrote:
soap opera wrote:
blackburn parks may have been awarded if any of them had tolets which where open
Oh my god, here we go again, never mind the park it must be about the toilets, sad.
if you like to go to the parks .but the bladder is not as good as it was.you need them there
[quote][p][bold]Bellypork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soap opera[/bold] wrote: blackburn parks may have been awarded if any of them had tolets which where open[/p][/quote]Oh my god, here we go again, never mind the park it must be about the toilets, sad.[/p][/quote]if you like to go to the parks .but the bladder is not as good as it was.you need them there soap opera
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