Flying the Green Flag for Wilton Park

Friends of Wilton Park group with park grounds staff and the flag.
Friends of Wilton Park group with park grounds staff and the flag.
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Volunteers celebrated the payoff from all their hard work when the Green Flag was raised at Wilton Park.

The prestigious seal of quality was awarded to the park during a difficult time for Kirklees Council as funding cuts begin to bite.

Friends of Wilton Park chairman Jason Hawkins said: “The friends group is delighted with the news that Wilton Park has achieved the prestigious Green Flag Status. It is a symbol of all of the hard work put in by so many people to keep our park a place that users from all over the area love to come and visit.

“During what are difficult financial times for the council including local parks staff, its inspiring to see their hard work and dedication and also what can be achieved when the community pulls together for better things.”

Parks are assessed them against eight strict criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

A total of 1,582 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens across the UK met the standard needed to receive the award this year.