Green Flag canals set the standards
WATERWAYS IN THE North-West, the Midlands and London have all been judged to be ‘quality green spaces’, as the canal system has picked up six of Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted Green Flag Awards.
Two years ago the Macclesfield Canal became the first waterway ever to earn the award; then in 2016 it was joined by the nearby Peak Forest Canal. This year three others have made the grade: four miles of the Lee Navigation in east London, the 14-mile section off the Chesterfield from Stockwith to Retford, and the Shropshire Union Canal’s Middlewich Branch. Finally, an additional award has been made to Marple Aqueduct on the Peak Forest.
The international scheme ‘recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the UK and around the world’.
Welcoming the awards, the Canal & River Trust Customer Services and Operations Director Ian Rogers described it as “a great boost for visitors”, adding that it was “a fitting recognition of all the hard work by our staff and volunteers”.