A HOST of parks and green spaces across the Fylde coast have been granted a top honour.
A community park, public gardens and a war memorial were among the 13 rewarded for horticultural excellence in the annual Green Flag awards.
Robert Silverwood, chairman of Lytham Business Partnership, and owner of the Lowther Pavilion cafe was delighted with the award.
He said: “It’s amazing news. If people come and see the gardens they’ll know they look fantastic. It’s a positive thing, and a great reward for those who put in the effort for it.”
Lytham War Memorial and Garden was also awarded for offering an area of peace and quiet for residents.
Hawthorne Park and Wyre Estuary Country Park in Thornton both retained their awards, with the riverside site accredited for the eighth consecutive year.
Coun Lynne Bowen, cabinet member with responsibility for parks at Wyre Council, said: “This is wonderful news and deserved recognition for the excellent way in which parks are managed.
“We know parks and green spaces are important to our communities and provide a whole range of health and leisure benefits.”
GREEN FLAG WINNERS
Stanley Park, Blackpool
Watson Road Park, South Shore
Louis Horrocks recreation ground, South Shore
Salisbury Woodland, Marton
Cavendish Recreation Ground, Bispham
Fylde Memorial Arboretum and Community Woodland, Bispham
Lowther Gardens, Lytham War Memorial and Garden, Lytham
airhaven Lake and Gardens, Fairhaven
Promenade Gardens, St Annes
Ashton Gardens, St Annes
Hawthorne Park, Thornton
Wyre Estuary Country Park, Thornton
A community driven project transformed an under-used and overgrown area of Thornton into the now Hawthorne Park. Award organisers noted the appeal of the wetland habitat.
Parks are judged on a range of criteria including how clean and well maintained they are, community involvement and conservation and heritage work taking place within them.
Blackpool parks awarded included previous winners Stanley Park and the Louis Horrocks Recreation Ground on Harrowside,
The 13 sites awarded were among a record number of 1,424 parks successful nationally.
Green Flag award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic places.”
The successful parks will celebrate during Love Parks Week from July 21 to 29, with a variety of events taking place.