Bishop Auckland’s Town Recreation Ground is amongst 12 parks and cemeteries within County Durham to have received prestigious environmental awards.
The sites, all managed by Durham County Council (DCC), have been given Green Flag accreditation by the charity Keep Britain Tidy, in recognition of the excellent standards of maintenance, management and good practice which keep them looking great.
For the second year in a row there was a 100 per cent success rate for the 12 sites. This means that DCC have the most Green Flag accredited sites of all the North East local authorities; and the most of any authority in the country for their cemeteries and crematorium sites.
On top of its Green Flag, Blackhill and Consett Park also achieved a Green Heritage award. Green Heritage Site Accreditation is awarded to green spaces that are managed to Green Flag Award standards and also actively understand, identify, manage and promote the elements of their heritage that make them unique.
The Green Flag scheme was launched in 1996 and is managed by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Judges look at criteria such as maintenance, conservation and community involvement as well as open spaces being welcoming, healthy, safe and secure.
Green Flag sites
Hardwick Park, Sedgefield
Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street
Wharton Park, Durham City
Annfield Plain Park
Blackhill and Consett Park
Town Recreation Park, Bishop Auckland
Durham crematorium and cemetery
Ropery Lane Cemetery
Cllr Brian Stephens, DCC Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Local Partnerships, said:
“We are delighted that again so many of our parks and cemeteries have achieved Green Flag status from Keep Britain Tidy. Each flag awarded honours the volunteers who work in partnership with us to maintain our parks and open spaces in excellent condition. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in County Durham for people to visit and enjoy.”