Five Green Flags for Kirklees Parks
Green flags have been awarded to five Kirklees parks. The prestigious awards have once again been awarded to Greenhead Park and Beaumont Park in Huddersfield, Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury, Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall and Wilton Park in Batley. Oakwell Hall has now achieved its eleventh Green Flag whilst Crow Nest Park and Beaumont Park have now achieved four and five respectively, Wilton Park has received the green flag for the third time.
More parks and green spaces than ever will be flying the Green Flag Award this year. In total, 1,582 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens in the UK have met the high standard needed to receive the Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award.
The Green Flag Awards, are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
The announcement of this year’s award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying Love Parks Week (July 24 to August 2), an annual celebration of our country’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:
“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
Cllr Steve Hall, Cabinet member for place said:
“I am delighted that yet again our parks have been awarded the Green Flag status. This could not have been achieved without the hard work of all our staff, and the help and support of the local community – in particular the Friends of groups at Oakwell Hall, Wilton, Crow Nest, Greenhead and Beaumont Park.”
Watch out for Green Flag celebratory events in Kirklees’ favourite parks over the summer holidays.