Record-breaking year as more than 2,000 green spaces across the country get international quality mark

Today, parks and green spaces across the country will be raising their Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.

Amongst the winners were a number of Fylde’s parks and open spaces:

  • Lytham War Memorial Garden
  • Fairhaven Lake and Gardens
  • Promenade Gardens
  • Ashton Gardens
  • Lowther Gardens
  • Elswick Village Hall and Garden

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

The Fylde winners are some of more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.

Cheryl Little, Chair of the Tourism and Leisure Committee for Fylde Council said: “The Green Flag Award reminds us all of the outstanding value of the outdoor spaces we have in Fylde. I hope that this excellent news, will encourage more people to visit our parks and gardens, which have now become more important than ever in these unprecedented times.”

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, [name of park/council] has achieved the highest international standards [add in names of parks if multiple awards] demanded by the Green Flag Award.”