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Burnley parks are flying the flag as UK’s best green spaces

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Tuesday, 18 July, 2017

Burnley’s parks are, once again, amongst the best in Britain, according to Keep Britain Tidy.

Towneley, Scott, Ightenhill, Queen’s, and Padiham Memorial parks have all retained their Green Flag status for the eighth year running after impressing judges.

An application for Thompson Park was not put forward this year due to the implementation of Heritage Lottery Fund restoration work.

The award, handed out today by Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Burnley Council’s executive member responsible for parks and green spaces Councillor John Harbour said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive Green Flag Awards for the eighth year in a row recognising and highlighting that people in Burnley and Padiham are benefiting from green spaces of the highest quality.

“To have not one but five award-winning parks in a relatively small town is a great achievement. The borough’s parks have something for everyone and I’d encourage people to make the most of the summer weather and visit their local park.”

The parks are owned and managed by Burnley Council, which looks after 511 hectares of parks and open spaces in total. The parks include bowling greens, nature trails, cycle track, skate park, playgrounds, beautiful gardens, sports pitches and much, much more – and most residents are within easy reach of at least one of the parks.

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.” 

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