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A record breaking number of parks throughout the county have been awarded Green Flag awards – including six in south east Northumberland.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has awarded the status to Ridley Park in Blyth, Hirst Park in Ashington, Astley Park in Seaton Delaval, Doctor Pit Park in Bedlington, Plessey Woods Country Park, Carlisle Park in Morpeth, Bolam Lake Country Park near Belsay, Castle Vale and Coronation Parks in Berwick, and Hexham Parks.

We are absolutely delighted that so many of our parks this year have achieved Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council

A Green Flag is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is well maintained and has excellent facilities and continues to provide a national benchmark for how parks and green spaces are measured, encouraging the achievement of high environmental standards.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that so many of our parks this year have achieved Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy.

“This shows that residents and visitors are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality even in times of reduced budgets.

“We are extremely grateful for the support and commitment of local people and friends groups who help to keep parks vibrant and popular. Everyone involved can be very proud.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd, added: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.

“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

The announcement of this year’s Award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying Love Parks Week (July 24 to August 2), an annual celebration of our country’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.

Entries for the Green Flag Award are open to parks and green spaces located in the UK, and applications are judged against a set of eight key criteria including conservation and heritage, community involvement and sustainability.