Parks awarded Green Flag status

THREE out of four parks in Northumberland to be given the prestigious Green Flag status this week are in the south east of the county.

Carlisle Park in Morpeth, Dr Pitt Park in Bedlington and Hirst Park in Ashington received the accolade on Monday.

The award is handed out each year by national consortium the Green Flag Plus Partnership to show to visitors that a park is well-maintained, well-managed and having excellent facilities.

The trio was joined by Sele Park in Hexham, which also received the award this week.

Coun Alan Thompson, executive member for neighbourhood services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The people of Northumberland are becoming ever more conscious of their local environments and this is emphasised by the work of local friends groups and volunteers, working alongside our own staff, to achieve this national recognition for our parks and open spaces.

“I would like to thank everyone who supports their local parks and pay tribute to our own employees for the high standards achieved.”

All award-winning sites now have the chance to enter the People’s Choice Award – a national award voted for by the public – visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk to vote.