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Two Green Flags for Gateshead parks

Saltwell Park Gateshead

Saltwell Park can still boast of being one of the best parks in the UK after retaining its Green Flag for yet another year - but this year it has been joined by another park.

Chase Park in Whickham has also been singled out for the prestigious Green Flag Award.

The two parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 parks and green spaces in the UK to receive Green Flags. The international award which is now in its third decade is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest environmental standards, is well maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Chase Park
Above: Chase Park in Whickham
Cabinet member for Communities and Volunteering, Councillor Linda Green said: "Receiving these Green Flag Awards is a mark of national recognition not just for our work to manage and maintain these important and much-loved community asset, but for the unstinting work of our army of volunteers who help us in our work.

"The council have seen huge and repeated reductions in the funding that is available to us, and that has meant a big reduction in the sort of activities that I know local residents value. Caring for our green spaces is an area of spending that has been hit just as hard as any other.

"So we have won these Green Flag awards in spite of those cruel cuts, which is some achievement. I'm therefore incredibly proud that our volunteers, supported by our diminished parks staff, have been able to maintain our high standards and have kept Saltwell Park and Chase Park looking absolutely beautiful."

Find out more about our parks

The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. All green spaces that are freely accessible to the public are eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. 

Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status.

Saltwell Park Gateshead
16 July 2019

Saltwell Park can still boast of being one of the best parks in the UK after retaining its Green Flag for yet another year - but this year it has been joined by another park.

Chase Park in Whickham has also been singled out for the prestigious Green Flag Award.

The two parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 parks and green spaces in the UK to receive Green Flags. The international award which is now in its third decade is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest environmental standards, is well maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Chase Park
Above: Chase Park in Whickham
Cabinet member for Communities and Volunteering, Councillor Linda Green said: "Receiving these Green Flag Awards is a mark of national recognition not just for our work to manage and maintain these important and much-loved community asset, but for the unstinting work of our army of volunteers who help us in our work.

"The council have seen huge and repeated reductions in the funding that is available to us, and that has meant a big reduction in the sort of activities that I know local residents value. Caring for our green spaces is an area of spending that has been hit just as hard as any other.

"So we have won these Green Flag awards in spite of those cruel cuts, which is some achievement. I'm therefore incredibly proud that our volunteers, supported by our diminished parks staff, have been able to maintain our high standards and have kept Saltwell Park and Chase Park looking absolutely beautiful."

Find out more about our parks

The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. All green spaces that are freely accessible to the public are eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. 

Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status.

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