Green jewel in the crown

Staff and the Friends of Morpeth's Carlisle Park are celebrating another national Green Flag award and seen at the park are (left to right) Emma Evans-Green Spaces Officer, Faith Lowery-Friends of Carlisle Park and Sam Duckworth-Chairman of the FCP.

Staff and the Friends of Morpeth's Carlisle Park are celebrating another national Green Flag award and seen at the park are (left to right) Emma Evans-Green Spaces Officer, Faith Lowery-Friends of Carlisle Park and Sam Duckworth-Chairman of the FCP.

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MORPETH’S award-winning Carlisle Park continues to show its star quality with more success in the national Green Flag scheme.

The park, which is often dubbed ‘the jewel in Morpeth’s crown’, has achieved the prestigious status for the fourth year running.

The award, which is presented following rigorous assessment by independent judges, marks the gold standard for public green spaces, showing that they are well managed, carefully maintained and providing excellent facilities.

Morpeth’s park is run by Northumberland County Council’s Neighbourhood Services team, but receives massive support from other organisations and volunteers throughout the town.

The Friends of Carlisle Park work tirelessly to maintain and improve the area, and have helped with the development of new gardens, including the fern garden at the herbaceous borders and the butterfly garden between the bowling greens and paddling pool.

Council Green Spaces Officer Emma Evans said: “We have some great park gardeners and, with excellent help from volunteers and work experience placements, they are providing a very high standard of maintenance throughout the park and beautiful horticultural displays in the formal gardens and the Turner Garden.

“We also have strong community support and involvement from local schools, Morpeth Bowling Club and Morpeth Town Council, particularly on our Northumbria In Bloom entry, for which the park forms part of the Morpeth bid this year.”

Across Northumberland, four parks received the award, with Dr Pitt Park in Bedlington, Hirst Park in Ashington and Sele Park in Hexham also proving successful.

Council Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services Alan Thompson said: “The people of Northumberland are becoming ever more conscious of their local environments and this is emphasised by the work of local friends groups and volunteers working alongside our own staff to achieve this national recognition for our parks and open spaces.

“I would like to thank everyone who supports their local parks and pay tribute to our own employees for the high standards achieved.”

The awards are managed by the Green Flag Plus Partnership of Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and Green Space.

All award-winning sites now have the chance to receive a People’s Choice Award, which is voted for by the public. To vote for Carlisle Park visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk