Eleven parks and green spaces in Sandwell have today been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as among the very best in the country.
The 11 sites are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that today receive a prestigious Green Flag – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Sandwell leads the Black Country with its number of Green Flags and the list includes six town parks, a cemetery, crematorium and volunteer-run allotment, as well as Sandwell Valley Country Park and community-run Warley Woods.
- Barnford Park, Oldbury
- Brunswick Park, Wednesbury
- Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich
- Dingley Road Allotments, Wednesbury
- Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath – also a Green Heritage Site winner
- Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich
- Sandwell Valley Crematorium, West Bromwich
- Tipton Cemetery
- Victoria Park, Smethwick
- Victoria Park, Tipton
- Warley Woods, Bearwood
Sandwell Council leader Councillor Steve Eling said: “This is fantastic news – a big well done to all the staff, volunteers, friends’ groups, community organisations and allotment committees. They have all helped Sandwell win these prestigious awards. We also thank everyone who uses our parks and green spaces.
“Despite the pressures on council budgets, we’re committed to investing in our parks, cemeteries and crematoriums and improving them for everyone.”
Councillor Richard Marshall, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “Our council staff and waste partner Serco work incredibly hard to keep our green spaces clean and tidy, working closely with volunteers and community groups. It’s brilliant that Haden Hill is a Green Heritage Site winner too.
“We’re very proud of our 11 Green Flags in Sandwell – and we’re improving our other parks and green spaces too. The restoration of Lightwoods House and Park is almost complete and just this week, the National Lottery has confirmed a £4.5 million grant towards the £5.1 million project to improve West Smethwick Park.”
Councillor Richard Marshall visited Haden Hill Park this morning. Here’s what he said:
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.