Source: City of Wakefield
Wakefield Council has received three prestigious Green Flag awards including a first-time award for Pugneys Country Park.
The popular Wakefield Park joins Anglers Country Park at Wintersett and Haw Park Wood, also in Wakefield, in gaining the accolade which recognises park and woodland that is well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I’m delighted that three of our wonderful green spaces have been recognised in this way.
“Our countryside and parks have been particularly important to so many people since the start of the pandemic, and it is great that at this time we’ve been recognised for having range of excellent places where individuals and families can meet and enjoy the outdoor space.”
Cllr Jack Hemingway, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: “As part of our commitment to tackling climate change, we want to do everything we can to encourage people to use all the amazing parks and countryside that make our district a great place to live and visit. The Green Flag is a great endorsement of our offer.”
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Anglers, Haw Park Wood and Pugneys are three of more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.
Commenting on Wakefield Council’s success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.
“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Wakefield Council has achieved the highest international standards for Anglers Country Park, Haw Park Wood and Pugneys Country Park demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
Notes to editors
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership in the UK with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The scheme also operates in an additional 14 countries including Portugal, New Zealand and USA.
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We set the standard for the management of parks and beaches, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.
Any green space that is free to enter and accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green
Flag Award status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.