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Wirral's parks & open spaces again among the UK's best

18th July 2012

Categories: News

This week, 14 of the borough’s open spaces received the Green Flag Award, a sign to visitors that the park is well-maintained, well-managed and has excellent facilities.

And to add to that honour, the Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm has earned a Green Flag Community Award, which recognises high quality green spaces in England and Wales that are managed by voluntary and community groups, while Birkenhead Park has retained its Green Heritage status in addition to its Green Flag.

The Wirral facilities are among a record number of parks and green spaces receiving the Green Flag Award this year, ensuring that even more people now have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces.

In 2012, 1,424 parks and green spaces will fly either the Green Flag or Community Award, a sign that the value of green space is widely acknowledged as vital to communities.

Councillor Chris Meaden, council cabinet member for culture, said: “It is fantastic that the quality and beauty of Wirral’s parks and countryside areas are recognised in this way.

“Gaining the award relies on the involvement of the community in the management and development of the parks. The staff, volunteers and friends groups that represent Wirral’s winning parks have played a key role in achieving this year’s success. I am delighted that Wirral has retained so many Green Flags and other awards.”

Among parks retaining Green Flags this year are: Ashton Park, West Kirby; Wirral Country Park; Thornton Hough Village Green; Birkenhead Park; Coronation Gardens, West Kirby; Brotherton Park and Dibbinsdale Local Nature Reserve, Bromborough; Eastham Country Park; Royden Park, Frankby; Hilbre Island Local Nature Reserve; Vale Park, New Brighton; Arno Gardens, Oxton and Bidston Hill.

The two new recipients of the Green Flag in Wirral this year are the North Wirral Coastal Park and Meols Park.

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