Victoria Park wins Green Flag prize

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A St Helens park has won a coveted Green Flag Award.

Victoria Park will join over 1,600 parks and green spaces across the UK to fly the prestigious Green Flag Award this year.

Managed by Keep Britain Tidy, the award is 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.

In total, 1,686 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens have met the high standard needed to receive the Green Flag Award or Green Flag Community Award, the quality marks for parks and green spaces.

Commenting on the award, cabinet member for Green, Smart and Sustainable Borough, Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “This award is proof that Victoria Park boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages.”