Parks’ green flags fly high

Coun Bev Murray and the Astley Advisory Group celebrate Astley Park's Green Flag Award
Coun Bev Murray and the Astley Advisory Group celebrate Astley Park's Green Flag Award

Four Chorley parks have won prestigious Green Flag Awards after being recognised as being among the best green spaces in the country.

Astley Park, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Withnell Local Nature Reserve and Tatton Recreation Ground have continued to meet the tough standards put in place to achieve the award.

The national scheme was set up to celebrate and reward UK parks and open spaces that are well-maintained, well-managed and provide excellent facilities and a number of Chorley’s parks have received the accolade for several years now.

Coun Bev Murray, who oversees parks and open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “It is fantastic to receive all four awards for our beautiful parks for another year running.

“The council strives to improve and maintain our parks and open spaces to the best of our ability and the hard work and dedication from all our staff, community groups and volunteers has ensured that we have kept our parks to the highest standards.

“We’re constantly looking to improve the offer for visitors too, which is why we’ve put more events on and we are continuing to invest in the facilities so they’re not just beautiful places to walk but there’s lots of other fun things going on for all the family too.”

Yarrow Valley Country Park has now flown the green flag for nine consecutive years and Withnell and Tatton for six years.

Astley Park has received the award for the last three years.

Coun Murray added: “We hope to follow up this success in the future as sustaining our green areas is a very important aspect of our community.

“We’ve got even more plans in place to keep improving our parks as we want to make sure that they are great places to relax and unwind, for local people and visitors to the area.”