208 Green Flags have been awarded to parks and green spaces in the North West, with 30 of those awarded to Wirral alone – that’s 14% of the Green Flags in the region.
All 30 of last year’s winners have been awarded with a Green Flag to celebrate the dedication of parks and countryside staff, as well as Friends Groups and members of the public who volunteer their time and effort, to make improvements to these important areas.
The international awards recognise good quality parks and green spaces around the borough and each of the sites must have good environmental standards, be well maintained and provide clean and safe visitor facilities to be honoured with a Green Flag.
Cllr Liz Grey, Chair of Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee at Wirral Council, said, “For the fourth year running, Wirral achieves the highest number of Green Flags in the North West region and retaining all 30 Green Flags for our parks and green spaces is a real honour.
“We are lucky to have so many fantastic open spaces to access around the borough to walk, exercise and enjoy nature and these awards are a recognition of the many hours of work put in at these sites by both staff and Wirral’s invaluable volunteers so that we can continue to enjoy them.
“Thank you to all those involved in helping Wirral reach this achievement and helping to keep our borough looking its best.”
The full list of the Green Flag awarded sites are:
Brotherton Park and Dibbinsdale Local Nature Reserve
Central Park (Wirral)
Eastham Country Park
Flaybrick Memorial Garden
Harrison Park Wirral
Hilbre Island Local Nature Reserve
Meols Parade Garden
North Wirral Coastal Park
Queen’s Park (Wirral)
Rake Lane Cemetery
Thornton Hough Village Green
Victoria Gardens (West Kirby)
Wirral Country Park
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said, “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making 30 of Wirral’s parks worthy of a Green Flag Award.”
“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that the parks and green spaces have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”
In addition to this recognition, Birkenhead Park and Port Sunlight Village Trust receive Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the work that they do to look after these areas.
In a statement, Port Sunlight Village Trust said, “Our fabulous team has been awarded a Green Flag Award 21. After 18 months that has seen our village play such a vital role for people through lockdowns, this award is testament to the hard work and dedication to our landscaping team!”
Image: Port Sunlight Village Trust team with their Green Flag.