Middlesbrough’s parks and green spaces were awarded an impressive eight Green Flags for 2015 – and are now going head to head with others up and down the country.
The seven Middlesbrough spaces recognised in 2015 are Stewart Park, Albert Park, Hemlington Lake and Recreation Centre, Linthorpe Cemetery, Fairy Dell, Thorntree Park and Pallister Park.
A Green Flag Community Award was also given once again to Stainton Quarry & Kell Gate Green, cared for by the Friends of Stainton and Thornton Green Spaces.
They were named among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces to receive Green Flag Awards in 2015 following visits by independent judges from the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.
Now members of the public are now being urged to vote for their favourite in the annual People’s Choice Award and tell the world how much they value their local park.
Councillor Tracy Harvey, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “We have an array of fantastic parks and green spaces in the town and the eight Green Flag awards are testament to the work of staff, volunteers and friends groups.
“People in Middlesbrough are rightly proud of these open spaces and should take this opportunity to get their vote in and let the rest of the country know that ours are the best.”
Green Flag Award manager Paul Todd said: “We all have a favourite park, whether it’s our local green space or a special park we’ll travel miles to visit. Following another record breaking year for the Green Flag Award, we are urging everyone to vote for their own favourite park, so we can crown one of these 1,582 special parks as the People’s Choice 2015.”
All Green Flag Award winning sites are entered into the annual People’s Choice Award vote. Last year saw more than 35,000 votes from the public, with Victoria Park in London’s Tower Hamlets crowned as the People’s Choice.
The vote opened this week and will close at noon on Wednesday, September 30. The winner of the People’s Choice will be announced in October.
To vote visit www.greenflagaward.org, select your country/region on the interactive map, find your park or green space and click the ‘vote for this site’ button.
For more information on Middlesbrough’s parks and green spaces, visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/parksandcountryside