Flying the flag for quality green spaces in Darlington

GREEN FLAG: Darlington's South Park (picture by Keith Rowland)

GREEN FLAG: Darlington's South Park (picture by Keith Rowland)

First published in News

DARLINGTON’S South Park and West Cemetery have retained their prestigious Green Flag Award to keep them listed among the best green spaces in the country.

It marks the ninth year that South Park has held the Green Flag, while West Cemetery and Crematorium won it for the first time in 2013.

The awards have been announced as part of Love Parks week, which started on Friday and runs until Sunday.

Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and local environment, said: “It’s great news that these two well-loved green spaces have won the Green Flag award.

“Winning the award wouldn’t be possible without the full-time dedication of staff, as well as the community groups who help maintain the green spaces and help raise funds.”

A record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces across the country have won the award, which is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.”

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11:53am Mon 28 Jul 14

Chocmonster7 says...

As well as wonderful parks we also have some very well used but unrecognised green spaces in Darlington.

Sadly the Council think that selling these areas off for development is somehow going to help the local residents and improve their lives.

Celebrate the fancy awards but don't forget the every day walks and enjoyment these unsung green lungs give.
As well as wonderful parks we also have some very well used but unrecognised green spaces in Darlington. Sadly the Council think that selling these areas off for development is somehow going to help the local residents and improve their lives. Celebrate the fancy awards but don't forget the every day walks and enjoyment these unsung green lungs give. Chocmonster7
  • Score: 5

4:34pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Awake-in-Darlo says...

Chocmonster7 wrote:
As well as wonderful parks we also have some very well used but unrecognised green spaces in Darlington.

Sadly the Council think that selling these areas off for development is somehow going to help the local residents and improve their lives.

Celebrate the fancy awards but don't forget the every day walks and enjoyment these unsung green lungs give.
Very good, but what about parks and cemetery to the less affluent North ans East of the town ? Walking, enjoying the natural world improves lives !
Agree with Chocmonster that there is too little value put on green spaces (where there is a view...to a profit ?)
[quote][p][bold]Chocmonster7[/bold] wrote: As well as wonderful parks we also have some very well used but unrecognised green spaces in Darlington. Sadly the Council think that selling these areas off for development is somehow going to help the local residents and improve their lives. Celebrate the fancy awards but don't forget the every day walks and enjoyment these unsung green lungs give.[/p][/quote]Very good, but what about parks and cemetery to the less affluent North ans East of the town ? Walking, enjoying the natural world improves lives ! Agree with Chocmonster that there is too little value put on green spaces (where there is a view...to a profit ?) Awake-in-Darlo
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8:45pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Spy Boy says...

If you have a good memory, you must be getting a few laughs from this shower. One minute they are calling for development of certain areas and then they are saying how wonderful it is that the areas won't be spoiled. Honestly, it's a different story for every eventuality. They have done so many U-turns that they just have no idea which direction they are going in. This is probably the same logic applied to the new stretch of the Almost-a-ring-road at Stone Bridge. I passed it today and noticed that there is now room along the river bank to build on. As it belongs to the council, the plot will be available very soon.
If you have a good memory, you must be getting a few laughs from this shower. One minute they are calling for development of certain areas and then they are saying how wonderful it is that the areas won't be spoiled. Honestly, it's a different story for every eventuality. They have done so many U-turns that they just have no idea which direction they are going in. This is probably the same logic applied to the new stretch of the Almost-a-ring-road at Stone Bridge. I passed it today and noticed that there is now room along the river bank to build on. As it belongs to the council, the plot will be available very soon. Spy Boy
  • Score: 2

10:59am Tue 29 Jul 14

Nomatterwhat says...

It's a pity they don't take as much pride in Eastbourne Park. Litter, dog fouling and vandalism are the features here.
It's a pity they don't take as much pride in Eastbourne Park. Litter, dog fouling and vandalism are the features here. Nomatterwhat
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