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Flying the flag in Sefton for the UKs best green spaces

During #LoveParks week, it has been announced that a record number of parks and green spaces have collected a Green Flag Award.   

 A record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces have received a prestigious Green Flag Award  or Green Flag Community Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

 Within Sefton, a total of twelve parks and cemetery’s have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the best in the world.
 The winning parks are: Botanic Gardens, Hesketh Park, King’s Gardens, Lord Street Gardens, Coronation Park, Derby Park
North Park, Hatton Hill Park, Duke Street Park, Southport Crematorium, Thornton Garden of Rest and the Liverpool Road Cemetery.

 A Green Flag Community Award has also been awarded to Rotten Row, Friends of Ainsdale Village Park, Bridge Inn Community Farm Limited, St Luke’s Church Grounds, North Park Community Garden and Edda Community Arts and Library acknowledging the hard-work and dedication of volunteers. 

 This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing said:

“We are absolutely delighted to once again receive so many Green Flag Awards and Green Flag Community Awards in Sefton.

 “We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors – and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining each site to such a high standard.

 “There are many fabulous parks, open spaces and beaches in our region, and we work very closely with local people and businesses helping to grow Sefton’s reputation for being a clean, green and beautiful borough.”

 International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.  

 “Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”