Published On: Mon, Jul 28th, 2014 on 12:43 pm

Seven Calderdale parks recognised as some of the best in UK

Shibden Park

Shibden Hall was a family home from 1420 to 1933

Seven parks in Calderdale have been named as some of the best in the UK, amongst 1,476 parks and green spaces that are to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.

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

Parks will now have a green flag flying overhead as a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is maintained and has excellent facilities.

Calderdale already has the highest number of Green Flag parks per head of any local authority in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The parks that have been recognised are Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park, Centre Vale Park, Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience, Ogden Water Country Park, Shibden Estate, The People’s Park and Wellholme Park.

The Grade II listed Shibden Park has also won the prestigious national Green Heritage Award, for sites of special historic importance, for the fifth year running.

Ogden Water Country Park has also celebrated 10 years of achieving the Green Flag Award.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, said: “This Award recognises and highlights that people across the borough are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality, and reflects the hard work of Council staff.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, said: “A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

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