Today, parks and green spaces across the country will be raising their Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.

Among them will be Friends of Rotten Row, Southport, which is raising their Green Flag Award for the Sixth time

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Friends of Rotten Row is one of more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.

Brian Quinn, Chairman of Friends of Rotten Row stated:

“Despite the setbacks in this very difficult year we, Friends of Rotten Row, have managed to maintain the high standards required by Green Flag to achieve this prestigious award for the 6th year running. The hard work carried out by the volunteers is outstanding, nearly 30000 volunteer hours (our average age is over 70) and is a credit to them to keep Southport on the Floral Map.”

Commenting on Friends of Rotten row success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Friends of Rotten Row has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”