The Tees Valley has been awarded more Green Flag Awards due to the high standard of parks and green spaces in the region.

News that Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park in Middlesbrough, Guisborough Branch Walkway, Summerhill Country Park and Ward Jackson Park, both in Hartlepool, and South Park and West Park in Darlington have been awarded Green Flag Awards has been greatly received.

During the pandemic, parks have played a vital role for people through lockdowns as places to relax, exercise, and meet friends and family safely.

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Councillor Julie Craig, Redcar and Cleveland Council's Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood, Highways and Transport said: “We would like to thank our Countryside Volunteers, who have returned a few months ago, for their resilience, hard work and the passion shown in looking after these places, essential for the mental health and wellbeing of our residents.

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Councillor Tim Fleming, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Adult and Community Based Services Committee, said: “Securing a Green Flag Award in the first instance and then retaining it in successive years requires a real team effort. Council staff work closely with a range of volunteers – the Friends of Ward Jackson Park, the Friends of Hartlepool’s Wild Green Spaces and Summerhill’s own team of volunteers."

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Councillor Andy Keir, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for local services, said: “We’re delighted that South Park and West Park received the Green Flag Award which recognises the hard work of our parks’ staff and the many volunteers who help look after them.

“Our parks and green spaces have proved even more important in recent months and I want to say a special thank you to everyone who has contributed to help keep South Park and West Park, as well as others, looking good and accessible to all.”


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