Eight open spa­ces get Green Flag Awards

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

THE bor­ough’s beau­ti­ful green spa­ces have once again earned na­tional recog­ni­tion for their at­trac­tive­ness and good man­age­ment.

Teggs Nose Coun­try­side Park and Bolling­ton Recre­ation Ground have both re­tained Green Flag Awards, which recog­nise well-man­aged and high qual­ity green ar­eas.

The ac­co­lade is given by the De­part­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and is con­sid­ered a bea­con of ex­cel­lence and good man­age­ment.

All parks are mea­sured on how well they are main­tained, how sus­tain- able they are, along with their con­tri­bu­tions to con­ser­va­tion and her­itage.

Cheshire East Coun­cil, which looks af­ter the green spa­ces, has been awarded a to­tal of eight green flags this year, with Tat­ton Park, near Wilm­slow, get­ting the Green Her­itage Award, which is given to places that achieve a high stan­dard in man­age­ment and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a site with lo­cal or na­tional his­toric im­por­tance.

Coun­cil­lor David Brown, deputy leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, said: “This is de­served recog­ni­tion for a lot of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, not just from our own teams at Cheshire East but also the army of vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity groups that make achieve­ments pos­si­ble.

“The Green Flag is an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard and the only na­tional award for parks, so this is great praise for Cheshire East to be recog­nised in this way.”

Coun­cil­lor John Ham­mond, chair­man of Cheshire East’s whol­ly­owned com­pany Ansa, which de­liv­ers parks ser­vices for the au­thor­ity, added: “Green Flag is a pres­ti­gious parks award which bench­marks the na­tional stan­dard for parks and green spa­ces in the UK.

“So nat­u­rally, I am de­lighted with this suc­cess. All of these parks look beau­ti­ful at this time and I must thank all our friends groups and part­ners for their out­stand­ing ef­forts and con­tri­bu­tions like this to make this hap­pen.”

Bolling­ton Recre­ation Ground, on Adling­ton Road in Bolling­ton, is a hub for com­mu­nity groups, sports, dog walk­ers and events, while Teggs Nose Coun­try Park is and area of moor­land on the bound­ary of the Peak Dis­trict. The park is used for walks, ed­u­ca­tion vis­its, ori­en­teer­ing, climb­ing and ab­seil­ing.

There is also a vis­i­tors cen­tre and tea room, and gallery.

Teggs Nose Coun­try Park has re­tained its Green Flag Award

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