Greenhead Park and Beaumont Park in Huddersfield have both scooped prestigious Green Flag awards.

They have scooped the honours from the Keep Britain Tidy group, as have Crow Nest park in Dewsbury and Oakwell, near Batley.

It was the 10th successive year that Oakwell earned the award.

And over in Calderdale councillors and officials are celebrating the news they have the highest number of Green Flag parks per head of any local authority in Yorkshire.

Seven parks in Calderdale are among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that have earned Green Flag Awards.

They are Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park, Centre Vale Park, Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience, Ogden Water Country Park, Shibden Estate, The People’s Park and Wellholme Park in Brighouse.

The national 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 visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

The news was welcomed by Mary Kenworthy, one of the leading lights in the Friends of Beaumont Park.

The group - and 5,000 similar groups around the country - have played a key role in getting more people into parks.

“The Green Flag is great news. We have a lot going on in the park and we want people of all ages to get involved.

 

“We have a great relationship with Kirklees Council gardener John Mason and he is doing great things to make the park look even better. He has been working with schools on planting and also put out an appeal for plants and was inundated with offers of help.

“The park is looking stunning at the moment and we have a host of events in the Visitor Centre and the Bandstand”.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Clr Steve Sweeney, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for an incredible seven parks across the Calderdale.

“This Award recognises and highlights that people across the borough are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality, and reflects the hard work of council staff.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

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