Top green award for Carlisle Park and Bolam Lake

Carlisle Park in Morpeth has once again received a Green Flag Award.
Carlisle Park in Morpeth has once again received a Green Flag Award.

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.

The 2016 winners also include Bolam Lake Country Park, which made the list for the first time last year.

Its wildlife is abundant, including red squirrels, mute swans and woodland birds.

Many activities are in the pipeline at Bolam to celebrate 200 years since the lake was started by John Dobson.

The other recipients in Northumberland are Astley Park (Seaton Delaval), Castle Vale and Coronation Parks (Berwick), Doctor Pit Park (Bedlington), Hexham Parks, Hirst Park (Ashington), Plessey Woods Country Park (near Bedlington), Ridley Park (Blyth) and Alexandra Park (Cramlington).

A Green Flag is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is well maintained and has excellent facilities.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that so many of our parks have achieved this award.

“We are very grateful for the support and commitme-nt of local people, park users, friends groups and volunteers who help keep the parks vibr-ant and extremely well-used.”