A beauty spot in Morpeth is once again among the cream of the crop in the UK.
Carlisle Park – which includes some beautiful floral features, leisure facilities and ancient woodland – has received the prestigious Green Flag Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. Among the new winners of the accolade is Bolam Lake Country Park. It lies about nine miles west of Morpeth and is signposted off the A696 from Belsay.
The park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Northumberland countryside and it is surrounded by historic landscapes and dramatic views.
The other Green Flag Award recipients in the county are Astley Park (Seaton Deleval), Castle Vale and Coronation Parks (Berwick), Doctor Pit Park (Bedlington), Hexham Parks, Hirst Park (Ashington), Plessey Woods Country Park (near Bedlington) and Ridley Park (Blyth).
A Green Flag is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is well maintained and has excellent facilities.
Applications are judged against a set of eight key criteria – including conservation and heritage, community involvement and sustainability.
Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that so many of our parks this year have achieved a Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy.
“This shows that residents and visitors are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality, even in times of reduced budgets. We are extremely grateful for the support and commitment of local people and friends groups who help to keep parks vibrant and popular. Everyone involved can be very proud of their efforts.”
Situated on the south bank of the River Wansbeck, Carlisle Park’s features include the William Turner Garden, formal gardens, an aviary, play areas, a paddling pool, picnic areas, a bowling green, tennis courts and a skate park.
Bolam Lake Country Park has lakeside, woodland and open grassed areas for all to enjoy, with the attractive lakeside walk being accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
For many years, families and individuals have enjoyed going along for a picnic or to explore the area.
Wildlife which can be spotted there includes red squirrels and roe deer as well as birds such as great-spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches.