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News Leeds parks keep flying the flag for excellence

Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Cllr Mark Dobson (far right) with parks and countryside service gardener Scott Parry (left) and craft gardener Gavin Buch (right) at Temple Newsam Estate

Temple Newsam Estate, one of six parks in Leeds today announced as achieving the coveted Green Flag national status for excellence.

Other parks that were also awarded a Green Flag Award are Roundhay Park, Pudsey Park, Otley Chevin, Kirkstall Abbey and Golden Acre Park.

The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed in the UK by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace. Known collectively as the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the consortium manages the scheme in England on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government and in Wales for the Welsh Steering Group.

Green Flag Award recognises well-managed, high-quality green spaces. Any green space in the UK is eligible to win this award providing it is freely accessible to the public. Previous winners include parks managed by local authorities as well as those run by community groups and trusts. The scheme was set up in 1996.

www.greenflagaward.org.uk

Posted on Tuesday 17th July 2012

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Comments on News: Leeds parks keep flying the flag for excellence

Comment by Mabh Savage

Posted on Thu 19th Jul 12 9:32 am

I really am disappointed by this article, as although it’s wonderful that these “premium” parks are getting recognition, it takes the light away from the fact that some of our local parks are in a disgusting state of disrepair. For two weeks I have been trying to contact the council regarding Stanningley Park, and each time I call I am transferred to a number which is constantly engaged. The park is covered in obscene graffiti of the worst kind, the safety substance under the see saw has been ripped up causing a dangerous hole, and it is constantly covered in glass and rubbish. The paths are so full of potholes that taking a buggy there is a daunting prospect. Please, continue to put the money into the beautiful parks mentioned above, but spare some money and time for the parks in other local communities within Leeds.

Comment by Kazia Knight

Posted on Fri 25th Jan 13 11:00 am

It is fantastic that the above parks achieved the Green Flag Award, but Wetherby which is part of Leeds also won a coveted Green Flag Award but has not been recognised by Leeds. Please can we have the same recognition as the bigger parks please, we are important too!



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