Six of Fylde’s Parks and Open Spaces have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world. Elswick Village Hall & Garden; Elswick, Lytham War Memorial Garden; Lytham, Fairhaven Lake & Garden; Ansdell, Promenade Gardens; St Annes, Ashton Garden; St Annes and Lowther Garden; Lytham join 197 other green spaces awarded recognition in the North West.
The Parks and Open Spaces are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world that received 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.
Cheryl Little, Chair of the Tourism and Leisure Committee for Fylde Council said: “We are not only responsible for the management of our parks and open spaces, we see ourselves as guardians who promote, conserve and enhance our natural heritage, for future generations and I am proud Fylde have managed to achieve six Green Flag Awards – the international mark of quality parks and green spaces!”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”
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Notes to Editors
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. We also campaign for the country to be litter free and waste less. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org
Any green space that is freely 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 Award 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.
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