Green flags up for Burnley Parks

28 July 2014
Tags: News

Burnley’s parks are, once again, amongst the best in Britain, according to Keep Britain Tidy.

Towneley, Scott, Ightenhill, Queen’s, and Padiham Memorial parks have all retained their Green Flag status for the fifth year running after impressing judges.

An application for Thompson Park was not put forward this year.

The award, handed out by Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Burnley Council’s executive member for leisure and culture Councillor 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.”

The parks are owned and managed by Burnley Council which controls 511 hectares of parks and open spaces in total. The parks include golf courses, bowling greens, nature trails, cycle track, skate park, playgrounds, beautiful gardens, miniature railway, sports pitches and much, much more – and most residents are within easy reach of at least one of the parks.

Green Flag Award scheme manager at Keep Britain Tidy, Paul Todd said: “A Green Flag Award provides a national recognition for all the park managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards that ever before.”

Burnley’s parks are among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces across the country that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.

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