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Raising Green Flag Awards across County Durham


County Durham’s green spaces have once again been recognised for their high standards

at the prestigious Green Flag Awards.


Eleven parks and green spaces, which are maintained by Durham County Council, have

received the honour after being so well looked after for yet another year.


The scheme, recognising parks, cemeteries, countryside sites and crematoria, continues

to provide the benchmark against which parks and green spaces are measured.


Cllr Mark Wilkes, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and climate change, said: “We are

thrilled that so many of our sites have been recognised for meeting the Green Flag

standard. I would like to thank all our staff and those who volunteer for keeping our green

spaces so well maintained.


“At a time when outdoor space has become more important than ever for the wellbeing of

our residents, we are delighted to be able to offer such wonderful spaces to our

communities.”


The County Durham sites to have been given Green Flag status this year are:


 Annfield Plain Park

 Blackhill and Consett Park

 Castleside Cemetery, Consett

 Durham Crematorium and Cemetery, Durham City

 Hardwick Park, Sedgefield

 Moorside Cemetery, Consett

 Mountsett Crematorium, Consett

 Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street

 Ropery Lane Cemetery, Chester-le-Street

 Sacriston Cemetery

 Town Recreation Ground at Bishop Auckland

 Wharton Park, Durham City


Blackhill and Consett Park has also been given the Green Heritage Site Award supported

by Historic England, for the management of its historic features.


It has been a record-breaking year for the Green Flag Awards, which are managed by the

environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, with 2,208 UK sites celebrating success.

Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag

Award.


Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their

Green Flag Award status.