Flying the green flag at Harold Park

A LOW MOOR park has been named one of the top green spaces in the country by a national award scheme.

Harold Park, in Park Road, was granted Green Flag status by the government’s Green Flag Award programme.

It is the fourth year the park has won the award.

Angela Tate, the Friends of Harold Park chairwoman, said the award recognised the park as one of the best green spaces in the country.

She said: “The park is judged against different criteria such as cleanliness and community use.

“The judges come round and give us a very thorough inspection.

“They give you feedback and we formulate an action plan from that of things to do in the park.

“It is the fourth year we have had Green Flag status but we have to be re-judged every year.”

Angela said the organisation sent a ‘mystery shopper’ to the park to have a look round and speak to people in the park about what they thought of it.

She said: “The judges thought the park was very clean and tidy and they liked the events we put on.”

The park is maintained on behalf of Bradford Council by Angela’s group, the Friends of Harold Park.

She said the group acted as a go-between for the council and the public, reporting issues and organising events.

She said: “We give the council feedback and ideas from the public about what they want, as well as fundraising for projects.

“We are really pleased to get the award again. I think it’s even more crucial with all the cuts to have a commitment to maintain the park and strive to keep the award.

“We are currently creating a sensory garden that will be a fantastic addition for next year.”