Cheshire West and Chester Council has been presented with eight national Green Flag awards for its parks and green spaces.
The Green Flag Award Scheme – which recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country – has been given green flag status to Caldy Nature Park and Grosvenor Park in Chester, Castle Park in Frodsham , Helsby Quarry Local Nature Reserve, Northwich Woodlands, and Stanney Fields Park, Westminster Park and Whitby Park in Ellesmere Port .
Members of the council’s greenspace team have worked closely with park partners, ‘friends of’ groups and the council’s Streetscene team over the last year at the various sites.
The Green Flag Award scheme is organised by the Keep Britain Tidy consortium and is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.
The scheme, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, recognises well-managed, high quality green spaces across England and Wales.
This year more than 1,600 sites have been judged as meeting the high standards and awarded a Green Flag.
The council’s cabinet member for communities and wellbeing, councillor Louise Gittins , said: “I am delighted that eight sites throughout Cheshire West have been awarded this high accolade, something I know our Greenspace and Streetscene Teams have worked hard to achieve.
“In many cases they are helped by dedicated local groups, who want to make their open spaces as green, sustainable and enjoyable as possible for all and dedicate a lot of their free time to maintaining the park.
“Our parks and green spaces are essential for wellbeing and healthy, happy communities. They are very special places where residents can come together to rest, relax, play, exercise and have fun. Let’s hope the rest of the summer brings us some nice weather so we can all make the most of them.”
The Green Flag Award is judged by 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.