A hat-trick for Liverpool at the park Oscars

Three Liverpool parks have picked up a national award.

Sefton Park and Stanley Park have both retained the coveted ‘Green Flag’ status – for the 16th year in a row, while Chavasse Park has received the prize for the 11th successive year.

The awards have been won following a mystery shop-style visit to assess numerous aspects of the parks, including cleanliness, overall condition, flower beds, and litter management.

Sefton Park – which celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, is widely regarded as one of the country’s most outstanding public parks, with a distinctive landscape of watercourses. It is the city’s only Grade I listed park, home to the Palm House, a lake and a playground.

Stanley Park – which sits between Liverpool and Everton’s football grounds, was designed by leading Victorian landscape architect Edward Kemp. The 110 acre site was opened in 1870 and is renowned for its distinctive design and architecture, which includes a formal terrace with lawns and bedding displays enhanced by five sturdy gothic style shelters in red sandstone. The Grade II listed park also features the refurbished Victorian Isla Gladstone Conservatory.

Chavasse Park – five acres of open space and beautifully landscaped gardens at the heart of Liverpool ONE, providing an oasis of calm in the city centre and regular one-off and seasonal events. It was named after local war hero Noel Godfrey Chavasse – one of only three British subjects to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice.

Each year, the city’s parks play host to thousands of visitors, including summer events such as Africa Oyé and The Arabic Arts Festival, and other seasonal activities.

Sefton Park. Credit: Liverpool City Council

Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins, Cabinet Member for Communities, Neighbourhoods and Streetscene, said, “I am delighted to see Sefton, Stanley and Chavasse Parks retaining their prestigious Green Flag status.

“All of our parks play a key role in the health and wellbeing of our city, giving our residents a green space where they can walk, run, cycle, play and relax.

“I would like to pay tribute to our parks team and the community volunteer groups who work with us to keep our parks and green spaces looking clean and beautiful.”

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE said, “I would like to congratulate everyone involved on achieving a Green Flag Award.

“All of our winners provide vital green space for communities, bring people together and create opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles.

“The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure these precious parks and green spaces maintain the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”

Images: Liverpool City Council

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