Green Flags are awarded to the best Fylde Coast parks. The Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Any green space that is accessible to the public is 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 status.
A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.
There are lots of parks for you to explore across the whole of the Fylde Coast.
Green Flags in Wyre
Wyre is celebrating after four of its parks have once again received this prestigious award:
- Poulton’s Vicarage Park,
- Hawthorne Park, Thornton
- Wyre Estuary Country Park in Thornton,
- Memorial Park in Fleetwood
Keep Britain Tidy also run the Blue Flag/Seaside Awards for beaches. They recognise well managed parks and quality open spaces which serve the local community.
This international award is a sign to the public that Wyre’s parks boasts the highest possible environmental standards. They’re beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.
Councillor Simon Bridge, Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council, said: “We are lucky to have some beautiful parks and green open spaces on our doorstep and we know how important these areas are to our local community.
“It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of Wyre Council officers and volunteers who work hard to maintain and enhance the park’s natural beauty.
“We are very proud to win Green Flags Awards for our parks. It provides us with the chance to showcase our parks and allows everyone to celebrate these beautiful spots in Wyre. What a great way to mark Love Parks Week”.
Love Parks Week takes place every year with the aim of encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy their favourite park. By using and celebrating your local park, we can all join together to help protect them for future generations.
Celebrating Wyre’s Green Flags
Over 40 parks volunteers and members of Friends groups celebrated the 2017/18 Green Flags at a special event. The Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Alice Collinson attended the event, held at the Civic Centre in Poulton.
Jenie Phillips, Chair of Hawthorne Park Trust, commented: “Over the last ten years we’ve transformed Hawthorne Park from a field with an unloved play area into a real family park with a lovely, old fashioned enjoyable feel.”
Les Fletcher, Chair of the Friends of Memorial Park, said: “These awards are a tribute to all the volunteers who help to keep Memorial Park looking lovely.”
Peter Embrey, Volunteer at Wyre Estuary Country Park, said: “We’ve very proud of Wyre Estuary Country Park. A lot of work goes into maintaining it by a dedicated group of volunteers and we always keep it in good order for visitors.”
Green Flags in Fylde
Six of Fylde’s parks and green spaces have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme this year (2019). The prestigious Green Flag Award is the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award is now into its third decade. It’s a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
The sites are:
- Lowther Gardens, Lytham
- Fairhaven Lake and Garden, Ansdell
- Promenade Gardens, St Annes
- Ashton Gardens, St Annes
- Lytham War Memorial Garden, Lytham
- Elswick Village Hall & Gardens
Cllr Cheryl Little, Chairman of the Tourism and Leisure Committee said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive these Green Flag Awards. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining these parks and green spaces to such a high standard.”
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.
“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”
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