Chance’s Park, Carlisle has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.
The park is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will today (Tuesday, 18 July) receive a prestigious Green Flag 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 space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Cllr Chris Southward, Portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for Chance’s Park - the seventh year in a row. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Chance’s Park to such a high standard. Our Green Spaces team and the Friends of Chance’s Park deserve praise for the time and effort they invest in the park.”
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.”
The main entrance to Chance's Park and the community centre is off the Wigton Road (A595). There is pedestrian access off Dunmallet Rigg, Wigton Road, Dunmail Drive, Park Road and Langrigg Road.
It includes a number of areas of interest:
- Georgian Garden - a restored and modernised interpretation of the original formal gardens which would have surrounded the Manor
- Manor Grounds - an area of lawns and shrub beds with many historic trees, containing the original restored Ha-ha (boundary ditch/wall)
- Hay Meadow - a long strip of grasses and some wild flowers typically found in traditional hay meadows in North Cumbria. This area is mown annually and a hay crop removed by local contractors.
- Wider Park - Chance’s Park is characterised by rolling, open park land, complete with both mature trees and more recent plantings. The park is served by a network of high quality paths, from which the historic medieval ridge and furrow ploughing systems can be seen.
Visitors to Chance’s Park are offered a variety of recreational features:
- Football pitches - located within the main areas of the park
- Mini Multi-Use Games Area - all weather playing surface suitable for a range of games
- Play Area - large and well equipped, with equipment for all ages
- Nature Trail - a way marked route around the park with accompanying leaflets (available from the Community Centre).
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We campaign for quality parks and green spaces for everyone, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We are run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org
Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.