Hartlepool parks celebrate continued success

Two parks in Hartlepool have retained their prestigious international quality award which recognises open spaces meeting the highest possible standards.

Summerhill, a 100-acre country park, and the more traditional Ward Jackson Park have retained their Green Flag Awards, they are amongst 2208 locations nationally celebrating success this year.

Managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the award scheme recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces – setting the benchmark standard for their management across the UK and around the world.

Summerhill and Ward Jackson Park have both held Green Flags since 2008.

Councillor Bob Buchan, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Adult and Community-Based Services Committee, said: “We are absolutely delighted and very proud that Ward Jackson Park and Summerhill have retained their Green Flag Awards.

“We know how much parks and open spaces matter to residents and visitors, especially over the last few years, and these awards celebrate the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks to such a high standard. 

“It’s a fantastic recognition for all the hard work by the Council’s parks team, gardeners, Summerhill staff, volunteers and Friends Groups to keep all our parks and open spaces looking at their best all year round.”

Councillor Tom Cassidy Chair of the Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee, added:  “As a council, we recognise that our green spaces are vital to our everyday health and wellbeing, and we are committed to protecting and enhancing our outstanding natural environment and preserving it for generations to come.

“These awards highlight what an amazing job our Parks Team and staff do, in maintaining our parks and open spaces to the highest standards required, despite so many challenges. I would also like to mention and especially thank all the dedicated volunteers who provide so much valuable support for our open spaces, everything from litter picking and keeping paths clear, their work does not go unnoticed.”

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