Leeds parks receive top award

Leeds has again been recognised for its high-quality green spaces, after six parks across the city were granted a prestigious Green Flag Award.

Roundhay Park, Golden Acre Park, Pudsey Park, Otley Chevin, Kirkstall Abbey and Temple Newsam estate have once again been given the honour of a Green Flag Award that maintains their names on the national list of excellence.

This news was revealed, as the city continues, through a range of activities, guided walks and volunteering opportunities, to celebrate ‘Love Parks Week’, that recognises the important part that green spaces play in both our communities and people’s lives. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status.

Launched in 1996, Green Flags were first awarded to recognise the best green spaces and parks across the UK in 1997. Potential sites for a Green Flag Award are judged on the following criteria; a welcoming place, healthy, safe and secure, clean and well maintained, sustainability, conservation and heritage, community involvement, marketing and management.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“It really is great news, that six of our fantastic parks have been awarded Green Flag status for another year.

“An amazing amount of work is undertaken every day to keep our parks to a high standard, and it is fitting therefore that this award was announced during Love Parks Week in the city, when there are some great activities and events happening.

“I would like to thank everyone who through their hard work and dedication has contributed to this great success.”

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 hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

Notes to editors:

For more information on Love Parks Week in Leeds, please see: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Love%20Parks%20Week%20Events%202013.doc

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk