Eight parks and cemeteries in Salford are now officially among the best in the country.
Agecroft Cemetery has been awarded Green Flag status, joining Blackleach Country Park, Boothsbank Park, Clifton Country Park, Peel Park (Salford), Victoria Park, Winton Park and Peel Green Cemetery, which have kept their Green Flag status for another year.
The national award is given to the top parks, cemeteries, community gardens and other green spaces in the country and the Salford eight are among more than 2,000 around the country to receive or retain the award this year.
Judges rate the areas on being welcoming, clean, healthy, safe and secure and how well they involve the local community.
Salford Civic Centre was lit green last night (Wednesday October 14) along with MediaCityUK, the White Cliffs of Dover and the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to say a massive thank you to parks staff, volunteers and the judges who visit and assess sites for all their hard work.
Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said it was a fantastic achievement, he said:
“Parks are set very high standards to win this prestigious award so it is a real achievement and my congratulations to go to everyone involved. People have appreciated parks and the environment more than ever this year because of lockdown and to know ours are amongst the best in the country is great news,”
The Green Flag scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the government.