Chance’s Park, Carlisle have achieved a top national award and is one of the best green spaces in England and Wales.
The winners of the 2016/17 Green Flag Award, the national standard for parks and green spaces have been announced.
It’s the sixth year running that Chance’s Park has achieved the distinction.
Carlisle City Cllr Chris Southward, Portfolio holder for Environment & Transport, said:
“I’d like to congratulate all our staff who care for our beautiful parks and green spaces. We take great pride in our city and countless hours are spent maintaining our open spaces, for all to enjoy. The Green Flag award put the spotlight on the high quality work our green spaces team undertake on a daily basis.”
Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:
"We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award."
Green Flag Award recognises well-managed, high-quality green spaces. Any green space in the UK is eligible to win this award providing it is freely accessible to the public. The scheme was set up in 1996.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by Keep Britain Tidy, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. From a hospital in Bournemouth, to a crematorium in Chesterfield, to a shopping centre in Liverpool, all will be proudly flying the Green Flag Award, for the best parks and green spaces in the country.
In total, 1,686 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens have met the high standard needed to receive the Green Flag Award or Green Flag Community Award, the quality marks for parks and green spaces.
The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.