County parks are among the best in Britain

Flowers in full bloom in Morpeth's award-winning Carlisle Park.
Flowers in full bloom in Morpeth's award-winning Carlisle Park.

Parks across the county have been named as some of the best in Brtain.

Facilities in Ashington, Bedlington, Seaton Delaval and Morpeth, have been grantedprestigious Green Flag awards by Keep Britain Tidy.

The winning green spaces – Ashington’s Hirst Park, Bedlington’s Doctor Pit Park, Hexham Parks, Morpeth’s Carlisle Park, Astley Park in Seaton Delaval and Plessey Woods Country Park – are all part of a record-breaking number of award-winning parks and green spaces in 2014.

The Green Flag award scheme has been recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country since 1996.

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

“They highlight and recognise that residents and visitors are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality.

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