A Green Flag for Yarrow Valley

Green flags are flying high over Chorley as its popular parks and recreation grounds won national recognition for their quality and standards.

Astley Park, Yarrow Valley County Park, Withnell Local Nature reserve, and Tatton and Coronation recreations grounds once again met the tough standards put in place by Green Flag Awards, an organisation that inspects parks and open spaces across the country.

Green Flag Awards 2016 compressedCouncillor Adrian Lowe, who looks after parks and open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “I am delighted that our parks and recreation grounds have once again won the recognition they deserve. I’d like to thank all the community groups and volunteers and of course our own staff for their hard work and dedication which has resulted in achieving the extremely high standards needed to win Green Flag awards. It is by working together that we ensure our parks and recreation grounds are places people can enjoy and can be proud of.”

It is the 11th consecutive year that Yarrow Valley Country Park has won the Green Flag Award. Withnell and Tatton have now won it for eight consecutive years, Astley Park for the fifth year and Coronation Rec for the second.

The Green Flag Awards, now in their 20th year, are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

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