Five parks among the best in country

Five parks in south east Northumberland have been recognised as being among the best green spaces in the country.

Doctor Pit Park and Plessey Woods Country Park, both in Bedlington, Astley Park, in Seaton Delaval, Hirst Park, in Ashington, and Morpeth’s Carlisle Park have all been awarded Green Flag Awards.

Another Green Flag Award was also given to Hexham Parks.

The parks are among 1,447 parks and green spaces around the country to be given the award, which recognises and rewards the best green spaces, proving a national benchmark.

Four of the parks were also awarded Green Flag status last year, with Plessey Woods being the new addition for 2013 – the first country park in the country to receive the award.

Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks’ managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

Coun Deidre Campbell, policy board member for street care and environment at Northumberland County Council, said: “Maintaining our parks and green spaces to a high standard is vital to ensuring that they continue to be enjoyed by local people and tourists alike.

“Parks and green spaces are at the very heart of our communities and having six Green Flags awarded to our parks is a great credit to our county and to the hard work of the park staff and local volunteers involved in their management.”