18 Green Flags awards for parks in Knowsley

Published on: Thursday, 23-July-2015

Knowsley has been successful in its bid to boost the number of Green Flag parks in the borough.

This year Acornfield Plantation in Kirkby and Prescot and St Mary’s Churchyard have been awarded Green Flags – which recognise the best kept parks in the country.

The latest success brings the number of Green Flag parks in Knowsley to 18 – among the highest on Merseyside, and the second highest number among local authorities in the North West.

Community involvement has been key to the successful rejuvenation of these open spaces, and volunteer ‘friends’ groups have worked alongside the council to clean up the parks and bid for funding for improvements.

Knowsley’s other Green Flag parks are at Eaton Street, Prescot, The Pasture in Cronton; Littlewoods of Stockbridge Village, Jubilee Park, McGoldrick Park, Sawpit Park, King George V Playing Fields, Ten Acre Pits and Court Hey Park in Huyton, as well as St Chad’s Gardens, Webster Park and Millbrook Park Millennium Green in Kirkby; Court Farm Woods, Halewood, Halewood Park and Henley Park, Whiston. The impressive gardens at Fox’s Bank Cemetery in Whiston have also earned the graveyard Green Flag status.

Knowsley’s 18 parks are among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces nationwide that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive our two new Green Flag Awards, bringing the total number in Knowsley to 18.

“These awards recognise and highlight that Knowsley residents are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality. High quality green spaces are an important asset for Knowsley, further enhancing the borough’s status as a great place to live and work.”