Preston parks and gardens amongst UK’s best green spaces

Source: Preston City Council 16 July 2019
Japanese Rock Garden in Avenham Park

Preston parks and gardens are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces plus 131 in thirteen other countries around the world that will today receive either a prestigious Green Flag Award, a Green Heritage accreditation or a Green Flag Community Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the spaces boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

The list of awards for Preston are:

  • Ashton Park
  • Avenham & Miller Parks (combined award)
  • Fishwick Bottoms
  • Haslam Park
  • Moor Park
  • Winckley Square Gardens
Haslam Park

The Friends of Haslam Park also hold a Green Flag Community Award for their volunteer management of the sensory and rose gardens and the Local Nature Reserve.

Councillor Robert Boswell, Cabinet member for environment, said,

“We are absolutely delighted to receive awards as part of the Green Flag Awards Scheme here in Preston.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and these awards celebrate the dedication that goes into maintaining Preston’s parks and green spaces to such a high standard.

“It’s great recognition for all the hard work by park rangers, gardeners, staff, volunteers and Friends Groups to keep all our parks and open spaces looking at their best all year round.”

Winckley Square Gardens has also retained the much coveted additional Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the management of the historic gardens.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:

“It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

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