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Parks fly the flag for excellence!
Monday 29th July, 2013

THREE Wigan parks have once again been awarded Green Flags, heralding them as some of the best green spaces in the country.

Pennington Hall Park in Leigh, Alexandra Park in Newtown and Jubilee Park in Ashton will fly the flags, which are a sign to visitors that they are well-maintained and well-managed with excellent facilities.

Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of leisure and culture provider WLCT, which manages the parks on behalf of Wigan Council, said: “A lot of hard work goes in to making the borough’s parks quality green spaces that can be enjoyed by local people and visitors alike.

“Well done to all those individuals and groups, from WLCT staff to Friends of parks, for their sterling efforts, which really make a difference in the community.”

Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture Chris Ready said: “I am delighted that we have retained our Green Flag Awards. People in Wigan are extremely proud of their local parks and this accolade recognises the commitment shown to maintaining these spaces for the benefit of all visitors.”

This year a record-breaking 1,447 parks and green spaces across the country are receiving a Green Flag Award.

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

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

“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

It’s Love Parks Week (Saturday 27 July - Sunday 4 August). To find out about activities taking place in Wigan’s parks, visit www.wlct.org/whatson

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