Six prestigious Green Flag Awards for our parks

We are celebrating once again having been awarded Green Flags for six parks and greenspaces across Kirklees, recognising them as some of the country’s best parks.

Which parks have been awarded a Green Flag?

The Green Flag award, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces, has been awarded to:

  • Almondbury Hill Fort – Castle Hill, Huddersfield
  • Beaumont Park, Huddersfield
  • Greenhead Park, Huddersfield
  • Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury
  • Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall
  • and Wilton Park, Batley

After two years that have seen parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that six Kirklees sites have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of Kirklees Council in providing and maintaining great spaces that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Extra award for Oakwell Hall Country Park

Oakwell Hall Country Park, which has been awarded the Green Flag for 18 consecutive years has also achieved the Green Heritage Site Accreditation, supported by Historic England, for the management of its historic features. The site also features the Countryside Café which opened in April 2022, selling hot and cold food and drinks, snacks and ice cream where visitors can sit in, out, or takeaway, seven days a week.

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“I’m delighted that we have been recognised once again for the high quality of our green spaces across Kirklees, and immensely proud of the hard work and commitment shown by our staff and volunteers in maintaining our parks to the highest standards.

High quality, free and inclusive green spaces are vital for the health and wellbeing of our communities. From community cohesion to supporting wildlife and biodiversity, they offer numerous benefits to our residents and can enhance quality of life.

We work hard to continuously improve our visitor experience. With play equipment for children, colourful seasonal planting, wildlife and natural habitats, regular activities across our sites and reasonably priced cafes at Greenhead and Oakwell, our parks offer fun days out for all.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager Paul Todd said:

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making these sites worthy of a Green Flag Award.

Kirklees offers a variety of vital green spaces for the community across the district. This award is testament to the dedication of staff and volunteers, who do so much to ensure the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

More information

More information about Kirklees parks can be found here: Leisure and culture | Kirklees Council