Denehurst Park and Middleton Memorial Gardens have been recognised by the Green Flag Award scheme as some of the very best in the world – meaning the borough of Rochdale now has 10 award-winning parks for the first time in its history.
8 of our borough's parks have retained their Green Flag status, while 2 others have been welcomed into the borough's parks elite.
Denehurst Park and Middleton Memorial Gardens have both been successful in gaining their Green Flag awards on their 1st submission. Holding onto their Green Flag statuses are Milnrow Memorial Park, Hare Hill Park, Jubilee Park, Middleton Cemetery, Truffet Park, Hopwood Park, Queen's Park and Rochdale town centre parks which includes Broadfield Park, Rochdale Memorial Gardens and Packer Spout and St Chad's Gardens.
Our 10 green flags are among a record-breaking 1883 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its 3rd decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. In order to qualify, parks and green spaces must be freely accessible to the public and pay attention to sustainability, conservation and heritage.
Councillor Neil Emmott, our Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "To retain our 8 Green Flags is fantastic news in itself but to add a further 2 to the list is a testament to the hard work of volunteers and council staff.
"We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our sites to such a high standard so that they are pleasant and enjoyable spaces for the whole community."