Stoke-on-Trent City Council is celebrating after being given five Green Flag awards for 2011. Three cemeteries have retained their Green Flag status, as well as news award for Park Hall Country Park & Queens Park Longton
Park Hall Country Park, which contains the city’s only National Nature Reserve, has picked up a Green Flag Award for the first time. It has achieved recognition for the standard of maintenance of the country park’s many wildlife habitats, the provision of leisure and recreational facilities and the active involvement of the local community in management of the site.
Our environmental staff that work at Park Hall take great pride in their work, and it’s fitting that they are recognised for what they have achieved. The Green Flag Award is a hallmark in quality and we are proud to have achieved that status for the park.
The Green Flag at Parkhall will be raised on Tuesday at 10:00am by park volunteers.
Carmountside Cemetery and Crematorium, Burslem Cemetery and Fenton Cemetery have all been awarded the prestigious honour for their floral displays, horticulture and green spaces. Carmountside has been awarded a Green Flag for the 4th year, while Fenton and Burslem have been given the award for the 3rd year.
To receive the award for the third and fourth years running is great credit to the staff at the three cemeteries.
Carmountside, Fenton and Burslem all provide calm surrounds for people to reflect, and that is in no small part due to the work done in maintaining the grounds.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Terry Follows will raise the Green Flag at Carmountside Cemetery on Tuesday and will celebrate all the flags being awarded to the three cemeteries.
All three of these cemeteries and Park Hall Country Park maintain a high standard when it comes to their appearance and the cleanliness.
The Green Flags also reward the diligence of our staff who work hard throughout the year to make sure that the cemeteries and the park provide a comforting and colourful appearance to everyone who visits them
The Green Flag awards are something that we should all be proud of.
Longton Park was also awarded a green flag award.
Launched in 1996 the Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. The first awards were given in 1997 and, many years later, it continues to provide the benchmark against which our parks and green spaces are measured. It is also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve high environmental standards, setting a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.
updated 26 July