Public green spaces in Morpeth have once again been named among the best in Britain.
Carlisle Park, often dubbed the jewel in Morpeth’s crown, has claimed a Green Flag Award for the tenth time, while the Old Bakehouse Millennium Green, off Newgate Street, has gained the status for the 11th year on the trot.
The award recognises the best green spaces in the country, providing a national benchmark to encourage the highest environmental standards.
It is an indication that spaces are well maintained, with excellent facilities.
Millennium Green Trustee Val Stevens said: “We are very chuffed with ourselves to win the Green Flag Community Award again.
“We go in for it every year and hope to win. There is always a chance we won’t get it, but we seem to tick all of the boxes.
“We are one of only four in the country to win this award for 11 years running. We only entered the scheme in 2003 because the Green wasn’t ready before then.”
She added: “We have to keep thinking of new initiatives to get money to maintain and develop the Green.
“We have mosaics in that have been there since the beginning and the big one is in need of repair, but it is going to cost quite a bit so we have to raise money for that at the moment.”
Carlisle Park offers a number of facilities, including the William Turner Garden, an aviary, play areas, a paddling pool, ancient woodland, picnic areas, toilets, tennis courts, bowling greens and a skate park.
It has again impressed judges with its conservation and heritage work, community involvement and sustainability.
Northumberland County Council Green Spaces Officer Emma Evans said: “The park is a massively popular destination for residents of Morpeth and visitors too.
“We work very hard with our partners, Morpeth Town Council and Morpeth Leisure Centre, and are extremely grateful to all of our volunteers who keep the park a great free place to visit.”
The park is one of six in Northumberland to claim the Green Flag, with facilities in Ashington, Bedlington, Hexham, Seaton Delaval and Hartford Bridge also recognised.
Council Policy Board Member for Parks Ian Swithenbank said: “We are absolutely delighted that so many of our parks have achieved Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy.
“They highlight and recognise that residents and visitors are benefitting from green spaces of the highest quality.
“We are extremely grateful for the support and commitment of local people and friends groups who help to keep parks vibrant and extremely well-used. Everyone involved can be proud.”
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.
“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities.”