Green Flag canals set the stan­dards

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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”.

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