Seven parks and green spaces across Leeds have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award, including Golden Acre Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Middleton Park, Otley Chevin Forest Park, Pudsey Park Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam Estate.
The seven sites, operated by Leeds City Council, have been recognised amongst the best parks in the country, with the Green Flag Award denoting clean, safe and well-maintained spaces.
The news that these sites have yet again achieved the award is a real testament to the hard work and dedication of the council’s parks service, who care for the parks and green spaces so that everyone can enjoy them.
All seven parks and green spaces awarded a green flag are vital green spaces for the community in Leeds, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Speaking after the announcement, Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Councils executive member for climate, energy, environment and green space, said: “It is fantastic news that seven of our parks across Leeds have once again been recognised as being among the best in the country and it is a real testament to the council’s fantastic parks service who go above and beyond in ensuring our green spaces are clean, safe well-maintained spaces accessible to everyone.
“We are very focussed on continuing with our ambition of ensuring that all communities in Leeds have access to good quality green space and maintaining our current greenspaces is vital to that”
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved at these sites in achieving the Green Flag Award.
“Golden Acre Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Middleton Park, Otley Chevin Forest Park, Pudsey Park, Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam Estate are vital green spaces for the community in Leeds, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles.
“The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that they maintain the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”