Former MP raises the flag for park

David Watts and family at the flag-raising ceremony
David Watts and family at the flag-raising ceremony

A St Helens park has been granted its first Green Flag Award.

David Watts, ex Labour MP for St Helens North and his family joined representatives from GreenAcres Woodland Burials - Rainford on Saturday to celebrate the achievement.

Mr Watts first visited the site back in 2013 while it was being constructed and has since shown a great deal of interest in the GreenAcres concept. His late wife was laid to rest in the park earlier this year.

He said: “I am delighted to be asked to take part in the GreenAcres Green Flag celebrations.

“The award reflects the efforts that have been made by GreenAcres management and staff to create a woodland burial site which enhances the woodland and natural environment of the surrounding area.

“The site has been developed to provide a peaceful and environmentally friendly site which can be appreciated by the families of the deceased and the general public.

“My family and I believe that our community is lucky to have such a wonderful site in our town and we would strongly recommend everyone to come and see for themselves this beautiful site.”

Mr Watts and his family were invited to take part in the official flag raising ceremony to acknowledge the prestigious award from Keep Britain Tidy.

The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Keely Thompson, community liaison for the park, said: “We are delighted that Mr Watts and his family could join us for our official flag raising ceremony.

“Receiving the Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy for the first time shows that GreenAcres Woodland Burials – Rainford is committed to providing a final resting place that offers beauty and tranquillity in native woodland for the people in Merseyside.

“This award proves that we are very much a place for everyone to visit and enjoy.”