Flags are flying over North Tyneside parks

Celebrating the Green Flag status for borough parks are from left to right are (back row): Coun Eddie Darke, Simon Dean, Sharon Cook, Coun John Stirling and Carol Elliott. Front row: John Laidler, Graham Buglass and Craig McVay.

Celebrating the Green Flag status for borough parks are from left to right are (back row): Coun Eddie Darke, Simon Dean, Sharon Cook, Coun John Stirling and Carol Elliott. Front row: John Laidler, Graham Buglass and Craig McVay.

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Flags are flying high over five North Tyneside parks after they retained top ‘green’ status.

Wallsend Parks, Benton Quarry Park, Marden Quarry Park, Killingworth Lakeside Park, and The Rising Sun Country Park have all retained their Green Flags.

these awards reinforce the hard work that is being invested by the council and our community volunteers

Coun Eddie Darke

The prestigious awards acknowledges the best parks and open spaces in the country.

In addition, the Friends of Brierdene, a residents-led volunteer group who manage their local green space in Whitley Bay, have retained the Green Flag Community Award – one of only five in the North East and only 137 throughout England.

Administered by Keep Britain Tidy, the award is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Our parks are treasured by residents and visitors alike and these awards reinforce the hard work that is being invested by the council and our community volunteers to make sure they remain places that people want to come back to again and again.

“The green havens are used by young and old, who flock to enjoy our parks every day of the week, whether enjoying open air play with their friends and family, keeping active and healthy, relaxing beside the lakes and flower beds, exploring the natural and architectural features, or enjoying the range of events that our parks now host regularly.

“More than one million people visited Wallsend Park over the last 12 months, over 6,000 children participated in educational visits through the Council’s Outdoor Learning Service and 20,000 people attended park events.

“Can I say a massive thank-you to all of our staff for their hard work, and particularly the residents who volunteered over 6,000 hours and who turned out in all weathers to support their local parks.”

North Tyneside Council has further invested in its parks this year with a £5m project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and North Tyneside Council to improve Northumberland Park.

The project is restoring historic and lost Victorian features, creating modern visitor attractions including the Glasshouse tea-room, toilets and education space, and improvements to the watercourses and lake.

A strong community group, The New Friends of Northumberland Park, and a successful gardening group are key to the development of key areas of the park, including the medieval herb garden and a newly planted colourful border.

The new look park will celebrate its official launch on August 8, with a special 130th anniversary celebration taking place on August 11.