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Mayor praises Wirral's Green Flag bearers
12:00pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
WIRRAL'S mayor Cllr Dave Mitchell has raised his hat to council staff and volunteers whose efforts have secured a series of Green Flag awards for local parks.
This year was the most successful year yet for Wirral’s parks, with 17 of the borough’s open spaces receiving a national quality award and 15 receiving a prestigious Green Flag.
At a special reception Cllr Mitchell heaped particular praise on the volunteer Friends Groups.
He said: "Without the dedication of our volunteers we would not be in the position we are in today.
"The council is facing a number of financial challenges and the work being done by Friends groups is more important than ever.
"I cannot stress enough how much we value this partnership."
Among the thousands of visitors to Wirral’s parks were groups from New York, whose Central Park design was based on Paxton’s lay-out for Birkenhead Park.
Cllr Mitchelll said: "They were extremely impressed with the innovation and quality of Wirral’s parks.
"Hilbre Island Nature Reserve is home to the only island in the United Kingdom to boast a Green Flag.
Cllr Chris Meaden, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, observed: "Recent visitor surveys have emphasised the importance of our coast, countryside and open spaces, which have far reaching benefits on health, the local environment and making the area more attractive to investors.
"I am delighted that we continue to build on the success of previous years in getting the recognition we deserve for our wonderful parks."
The Green Flag is a sign to visitors that a park is well-maintained, well-managed and has excellent facilities.
Receiving a Green Flag for the first time this year was Victoria Park in Tranmere, which now joins the popular open spaces which all retained the award: Ashton Park, West Kirby, Wirral Country Park, Thornton Hough Village Green, Birkenhead Park, Coronation Gardens, West Kirby, Brotherton Park and Dibbinsdale Local Nature Reserve, Bromborough, Eastham Country Park, Royden Park, Frankby, Hilbre Island Local Nature Reserve, Vale Park, New Brighton, The Arno Gardens, Oxton, Bidston Hill, North Wirral Coastal Park and Meols Park.
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