Green Flag celebration at Webster Park

Published on: Tuesday, 09-September-2014

Community groups, volunteers and councillors came together to celebrate Knowsley’s success in winning a place in the top 10 of Green Flag award winners nationwide.

The celebration took place at Webster Park in Kirkby; one of four Knowsley parks awarded a prestigious Green Flag in 2014, alongside Littlewoods in Stockbridge, Ten Acre Pits, Huyton and Court Farm Woods in Halewood.

The latest accolade brings the total number of Green Flag parks in the borough to 16 – among the highest on Merseyside – and earns Knowsley a place in the top 10 of Green Flag award-winning boroughs in the country.

Handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, Green Flags recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country and are a sign to the public that the space is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Community involvement has been key to the successful rejuvenation of many of the parks, and volunteers from local ‘friends’ groups were invited to the celebration and recognised for their vital contribution.

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

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture said: “We are delighted that the high quality of our parks has been recognised nationally and we are ranked in the top 10 of Green Flag award winning councils nationwide. We wanted to celebrate this and recognise the dedication and commitment of the many ‘friends’ groups and volunteers who have worked with us to create such great award-winning green spaces.”