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Wyre celebrates as parks once again win Green Flag Awards

Green Flag logo Published Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Today, Wyre Council is joining parks and green spaces across the country in raising their 2020 Green Flag Awards.

Four of Wyre’s parks have collected an award including Poulton's Vicarage Park, Hawthorne Park in Thornton, Wyre Estuary Country Park in Stanah and Fleetwood’s Memorial Park.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Wyre’s parks join more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020 with pride, in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.

Councillor Simon Bridge, Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council, said: “Over the last few months our parks have been more important to people than ever. In lockdown and throughout this time of worry they have provided a space for residents and visitors to enjoy nature, take a walk, play with their families, get active and just enjoy being outside.

“Our staff and volunteers have worked so hard to maintain the parks’ natural beauty for everyone to enjoy so a huge thank you goes to them, and to everyone who enjoys our parks and open spaces responsibly. We really do appreciate the effort that everyone is going to in order to stick to social distancing guidance and to support us in keeping our open spaces clean and safe.”

Commenting on Wyre’s success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Wyre Council has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

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