Three parks in Darlington have been presented with the Green Flag Award.
West Park, South Park and West Cemetery have all been given the award, which recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Leisure and Local Environment, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the first time from Keep Britain Tidy.
“This award recognises and highlights that people in Darlington are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.”
Officially opened in 2005, West Park was the first new park created in Darlington in 100 years, and boasts 12 hectares of woodlands, meadows and wetlands.
The park also contains art features including metal bridges designed to look like railway carriages in honour of the town’s historic importance as the birthplace of the railways.
Wallis added: “West Park has proved very popular and receiving this award is a great way to celebrate its tenth anniversary.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
The announcement of this year’s Green Flag Award winners coincides with Love Parks Week, which takes place from Friday, July 24th, 2015 until Sunday, August 2nd, 2015.
As part of the annual celebration, Darlington Borough Council is hosting a number of events including task days, training sessions and a free concert.
Source: Darlington Borough Council