Ten parks and open spaces in Sefton can proudly fly a prestigious Green Flag with Liverpool Road, Cemetery in Southport the latest addition.

Green Flag is the quality award for public parks and green spaces, which demonstrates value for money and benchmarks against nationally set criteria.

Last year nine sites in Sefton were honoured with the title. These were Botanic Gardens and Hesketh Park in Southport, Southport Crematorium, Lord Street Gardens, Southport, Thornton Garden of Rest, Hatton Hill Park, Litherland, Coronation Park in Crosby and Derby Park and North Park in Bootle.

 For 2012, Liverpool Road Cemetery, Southport has joined the illustrious list.

 The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. It was first launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country.

 To achieve the award, Sefton Council has to demonstrate competence in eight criteria that are assessed through a management plan and site visit or mystery visits for those sites that have achieved green flags in previous years.

 It recognises value for money, community involvement and environmental sustainability and sites that achieve the award are allowed to fly a ‘green flag’ and display a certificate that gives more details about the award.
Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “We are very lucky to have so many parks and open spaces across the borough which has been formally recognised through the Green Flag awards scheme.

 “The number of sites receiving an award this year ensures that even more of us now have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces throughout Sefton which are so important for health and leisure activities.”

 Queensway Allotment Green Gym and St Luke’s Church grounds, Crosby, were also honoured in the Green Flag Communities Awards.

 Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell said: “Great parks and green spaces have a huge impact on local communities, providing places to play and relax as well as bringing generations together in a variety of ways.

 “They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages, and the Green Flag Award scheme seeks to help raise the standards of them all.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.”

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