Council 'flies the flag' after retaining eight prestigious park awards in Amber Valley

Amber Valley Borough Council is flying the flag in celebration of its beautiful parks after retaining a prestigious award.

The local authority has retained the Green Flag Award on eight of its parks and open spaces – the highest number of green spaces in Derbyshire to achieve the sought-after accolade.

The Green Flag Award, bestowed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is an international mark of quality and excellence ensuring the beloved parks frequented by borough residents are a pleasure to visit – especially after 18 months that saw lockdowns making parks a vital place for people to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.

The parks and open spaces in the borough to win the award are Belper Cemetery, Belper Parks Local Nature Reserve, Belper River Gardens, Queen Elizabeth II - Crays Hill Park at Swanwick, Crossley Park in Ripley, Heanor Memorial Park, Pennytown Ponds Local Nature Reserve in Somercotes and Riddings Park.

Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, the council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have retained the Green Flag Award for all eight parks and open spaces.

"The past 18 months have demonstrated just how important such areas are to people, as they sought solace in such a period of uncertainty.

"Being close to nature has helped thousands of people through the pandemic and I commend our teams for their efforts in providing such a high standard of upkeep of our parks and open spaces for everyone to enjoy."

Paul Todd, manager of the Green Flag Award Scheme, which is in its Jubilee year, said: "I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Amber Valley Borough Council’s parks and open spaces worthy of a Green Flag Award.

"To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that those areas have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and are places that support people to live healthy lives."

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