Horden Welfare and Memorial Parks are flying the flag as one of the UK’s very best green spaces
A record number of parks and green spaces collect Green Flag Award in July.
Horden Welfare and Memorial Parks have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.
The parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Horden Welfare Park has been awarded both the Green Flag and Green Heritage Site Awards for the eleventh year in succession following a £1.8m restoration completed in 2005. The Welfare Park occupies a 23 acre site in the centre of the former mining village of Horden.
Horden Memorial Park on Blackhills Terrace (also known locally as the Clock Park) joins its larger sister park in being awarded the Green Flag for the tenth time.
This is a great achievement for Horden Parish Council who manage and work tirelessly to ensure that the parks in Horden are kept to the highest standards. Horden Parish Council is one of a handful of parish councils in the UK to have Green Flag on two parks and is also the only Parish Council to hold the Green Heritage Site Award for the Welfare Park.
Paul Davison, Clerk to the Council said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive Green Flag Awards for our flagship parks for over a decade now”.
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the Welfare and Memorial Parks to such a high standard”.
“Special mention must go to the dedication of the staff who manage and maintain these parks so that all can enjoy such beautiful surroundings”.
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.
“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”