Proud parks raise the bar with gongs

Vicarage Park in Poulton has been awarded Green Flag status
Vicarage Park in Poulton has been awarded Green Flag status
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Green Flags are flying at five Wyre parks which boast “excellent facilities in beautifully maintained” spaces.

Keep Britain Tidy has revealed that five parks in the Wyre Council borough have won the prestigious awards, during Love Parks Week, which runs to August 2.

Kepple Lane in Garstang, Poulton’s Vicarage Park (pictured), Hawthorne Park in Thornton and the Wyre Estuary Country Park in Stanah are all on the list.

And Fleetwood’s Memorial Park has received the award for the first time, after the Grade II listed park unveiled its £2.4m revamp to restore the original 1920s landscape.

Coun David Henderson, cabinet member with responsibility for parks at Wyre Council, said the awards were testament to the hard work of parks staff and volunteers who maintain and improve them.

He added: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive five Green Flag Awards and official recognition that our parks are among the best in the country.

“I’d like to thank our parks and open spaces staff and all the volunteers, fundraisers and Friends groups for their invaluable help looking after them.”

Green Flag Awards recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country, signalling that spaces boasts the highest possible standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent facilities.

Coun Henderson added: “We take great care of our green spaces in Wyre because we know how important they are to communities.

“It’s particularly great news that Memorial Park has earned a flag at the first time of applying.”