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Westminster Park earns prestigious Green Flag award for fourth time

The park has been leased by the council from the Duke of Westminster since 1946

Holding this year's Green Flag (left to right) is chairman of the Friends of Westminster Park David Guyton, councillor Razia Daniels, secretary of the Friends of Westminster Park Sue Britton and councillor Neil Sullivan at the entrance to Westminster Park

Westminster Park is one of eight Cheshire West and Chester parks that have received the prestigious national Green Flag award for 2016/2017.

The Flag Status was also awarded to Caldy Nature Park, Castle Park , Grosvenor Park , Helsby Quarry Local Reserve, Northwich Woodlands, Stanley Fields Park, Westminster Park and Whitby Park.

The award is presented to public parks and green spaces throughout the country which meet demanding criteria for providing safe, welcoming and well maintained facilities for a wide range of recreational and leisure activities.

The park achieved its first award in 2010 and, following biennial inspections by independent judges, the award has now been conferred for the fourth time.

The park has been leased by the council from the Duke of Westminster since 1946 and the range of facilities has developed considerably over the years.

The park now offers a nine hole, par three, golf course, public and club tennis courts, football and cricket pitches, bowling and croquet lawns, a BMX track, a multi-game hard surface sports area, an open air gymnasium, 400m and 1,000m jogging tracks as well as play facilities for children and young people, and a café.

The park is managed by the council’s greenspaces and streetscene teams with active support from the Friends of Westminster Park who represent the dozen sports and recreation groups that are based in the park.

Chairman of Friends of Westminster Park, David Guyton, said: “We are all very grateful to the council for maintaining Westminster Park as one of the premier sporting and recreation facilities in the borough and it is immensely pleasing that we now have such a wide range of flourishing activities based in the park.

“It is also worth noting that the park hosted for the first time two international matches and a second national tournament in addition to all the other regular games and league matches undertaken by the various clubs in the park.”

The local councillors representing the Handbridge Park ward in Chester , Razia Daniels and Neil Sullivan , said Westminster Park is greatly valued by residents in and around Chester for its wide range of sporting and recreational facilities and that the fourth Green Award award is well-earned recognition of the considerable efforts of everyone involved in contributing to the success of the park.

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