Sefton Parks Scoop Prestigous Award

 Sefton Council and local volunteers are celebrating after all 10 ‘Green Flag’ parks across the borough retained their special status.

The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Contractors for Sefton Council carry out regular maintenance in the borough’s parks, but this is often supported by dedicated volunteers and ‘Friends of’ groups.

The spaces that have retained their Green Flag are Botanic Gardens, Lord Street Gardens and Hesketh Park, Southport; Coronation Park, Crosby; Derby Park and North Park, Bootle; and Hatton Hill Park, Litherland. Also awarded were Southport Crematorium, Liverpool Road Cemetery, Birkdale, and Thornton Garden of Rest.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children Schools, Families and Leisure, said: “It is fantastic that all 10 of our Green Flag parks have retained this recognition of quality and high standards.

“The council is committed to keeping all green spaces across the borough as clean and tidy as possible and we thank all of our volunteers for their support and help in achieving this throughout the year.”

Anybody interested in joining or setting up a ‘friends of’ group can find out more online.

Picture shows: (L-R) Phil Esseen, Sefton’s Parks & Green Spaces Manager and  Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children Schools, Families and Leisure.

Home page image shows: Cllr Ian Moncur (centre) with young people from YKids charity and representatives from Sefton Council’s Parks & Green Spaces team and the Asda Community Champion Project.
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