Parks praised for 15th year

SEFTON Park and Stanley Park have both retained the coveted Green Flag status – for the 15th year in a row – in recognition of their excellent condition.

The government-backed accolade, awarded by Keep Britain Tidy, is internationally recognised and seen as “the Oscars of the park world”.

Sefton Park, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in May is widely regarded as one of the country’s most outstanding public parks with a distinctive landscape of watercourses.

Stanley Park, which famously sits between Liverpool and Everton’s football grounds, was designed by leading Victorian landscape architect Edward Kemp and was originally conceived as “a people’s park”.

Each year the city’s parks play host to thousands of visitors with events such as, the The Walton Festival, Africa Oye and The Arabic Arts Festival. 

Alan Smith from Liverpool City Council’s parks team said: “To retain the Green Flag award for this many years really does show the amount of effort everyone puts in to make sure our parks look their best every day – and its hugely rewarding to see families and groups enjoying our parks throughout the year.”