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Sunderland Flies the Flag with some of the UK’s Greenest Spaces

Five parks in Sunderland have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the UK.

Barnes Park, Herrington Country Park, Hetton Lyons Country Park, Mowbray Park and Roker Park are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive prestigious Green Flag Awards – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that these spaces boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for City Services, Michael Mordey said: “We are absolutely delighted to once again receive these Green Flag Awards. It is a remarkable achievement when you look at the level of funding the service has lost in recent years because of Government cuts.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and the awards celebrate the dedication that goes into maintaining these parks to such a high standard.

“It is a huge achievement for the city and a tribute to everyone involved in their maintenance and upkeep – not just council staff, but also the volunteers who give up so much of their own time to help us care for these wonderful open spaces.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.

​“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

By Emily