Six of Manchester’s parks and cemeteries have won the prestigious Green Flag Award. Heaton Park, Alexandra Park, Blackley, Southern, Gorton & Philips Park cemeteries have all won Green Flag awards.
The Green Flag Award scheme, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces is managed by Keep Britain Tidy and recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Every site is assessed by experienced judges, who inspect the site and meet staff and volunteers. They judge the parks using eight criteria: A welcoming place; Healthy, safe and secure; Well maintained and clean; Environmental management; Biodiversity; landscape and heritage; Community involvement, Marketing and communication; Management
In tandem with this, Heaton Park has won the much-coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation, supported by Historic England for the management of its historic features.
Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager Paul Todd said:
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making these sites worthy of a Green Flag Award.
“The parks are vital green spaces for the community in Manchester. This award is testament to all the hard work of staff and volunteers, who do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under license from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Councillor Lee- Ann Igbon, Executive Member for Vibrant Neighbourhoods, said :
“After two years that have seen parks and green spaces play an important role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely. In addition, our cemeteries are important places of rest and our teams work very hard to maintain them.
“The news that six of Manchester’s parks and cemeteries have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team of staff and volunteers that make all of our green spaces great- I'm thrilled!.”