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Flying the flag for borough’s parks

Coun Eddie Darke (right) congratulates Richardson Dees park wardens and park keepers, and representatives from the Bowling Club, Friends group and Verandah Caf�

Coun Eddie Darke (right) congratulates Richardson Dees park wardens and park keepers, and representatives from the Bowling Club, Friends group and Verandah Caf�

Five borough parks are among the best in the country.

For the first time Wallsend Parks – which encompasses Richardson Dees Park, Prince Road Arboretum and Wallsend Hall grounds – has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag award.

Also retaining their Green Flags – administered by Keep Britain Tidy – are Marden Quarry, Killingworth Lakeside Park, Benton Quarry Park and the Rising Sun Country Park.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “It’s been a fantastic year for North Tyneside’s outdoor spaces, with numerous awards.

“We’re extremely proud of our parks, and the awards reflect our commitment to ensuring they are wonderful places for residents and visitors, alike.

“As well as thanking the staff, I would also like to thank the friends’ group from the different parks who have been instrumental in achieving the Green Flags.”

The news comes following the completion of a £7m restoration project of Wallsend Parks.

Finished earlier in the year, it included a complete renovation of its 40 acres of woodland walks and gardens, a new café, tennis courts, skate park, community room for hire, bowling greens, sculpture trail and restored Victorian bandstand.

The park also features one of the largest and most innovative state-of-the art play areas in the north east with a zip wire, climbing rock, forts, sand and water play making

Coun Darke added: “Wallsend Parks, as well as the other Green Flag-awarded parks, offer fantastic and free facilities for children and young people, from toddlers to teenagers – and with the summer holidays now here, there’s no better time to come and enjoy them.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

 

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