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Our parks are among the best in the country

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Friday, 22 October, 2021
Burnley Council and our park friends groups are celebrating winning Green Flag Park awards for each of the six main parks in our borough.
 
That means they are among the best in the country.
 
Green Flags are awarded to parks that meet a standard which is assessed by judges covering eight criteria which include standards of maintenance, community involvement, environmental management and care of the heritage.
 
Community involvement has been a particular strength of Burnley's parks over many years, with friends groups undertaking voluntary work to help with maintenance, organising community events and raising money to help pay for improvements.
 
This year the Green Flag award is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Burnley was one of the first council's in the UK to take part in the Green Flag award scheme and won its first Green Flag for Thompson Park in 1999.
 
Councillor Margaret Lishman, the council's executive member for health & wellbeing said: " I am delighted that we have won Green Flag Awards for the six main parks in our borough.
 
"It's thanks to the hard work of staff who maintain our parks and the brilliant support from the park friends groups who do so much to create parks that people love to visit."
 
Why not visit one or more of the parks this weekend to find out why they are worthy of this top award?
 
Pictured (left to right): Park ranger Sian Atkinson; Friends of Ightenhill Park secretary Ida Carmichael; Councillor Lishman; park ranger Lee Stinton.
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