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Green Flag Award winners 2017 Published Friday, 21 July 2017

Wyre is celebrating receiving four Green Flags for parks across the borough, after Keep Britain Tidy unveiled this year's recipients of their prestigious awards.

Poulton's Vicarage Park, Hawthorne Park in Thornton, Wyre Estuary Country Park in Stanah and Fleetwood’s Memorial Park have all received the award for another year.

This international award is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Councillor David Henderson, Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council, said: "Gaining a Green Flag in the first instance is no easy achievement. Keeping it is just as difficult and could not be done without the dedication and hard work of the parks staff and volunteers." 

Over 40 parks volunteers and members of Friends groups celebrated at a special event with the Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Alice Collinson, held at the Civic Centre in Poulton.

Jean Stansfield/Vicarage Park held its fifth annual Our Big Gig last weekend with around 3,000 people enjoying live music and fundraising at the event. Steph Hasty, Chair of the Friends of Jean Stansfield/Vicarage Park, said: "We are so proud to be part of achieving the Green Flag Award. To the group it means that we must be doing something right. We have a great committee and support from Wyre Council to help us achieve our goals. We love the park and love that the people of Poulton really enjoy the facilities and new play area, as well as the events we have organised." 

Jenifer Phillips, Chair of Hawthorne Park Trust, commented: "Over the last ten years we've transformed Hawthorne Park from a field with an unloved play area into a real family park with a lovely, old fashioned enjoyable feel."

Fleetwood's Grade II listed Memorial Park has also been awarded a Green Heritage Site accreditation once again, in recognition of its historical importance and high standards of care and upkeep. 

Les Fletcher, Chair of the Friends of Memorial Park, said: "These awards are a tribute to all the volunteers who help to keep Memorial Park looking lovely."

Peter Embrey, Volunteer at Wyre Estuary Country Park, said: "We've very proud of Wyre Estuary Country Park. A lot of work goes into maintaining it by a dedicated group of volunteers and we always keep it in good order for visitors."

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 (14 to 23 July), an annual celebration of the country’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.

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