Another accolade for our Hall Leys Park

The District Council's Hall Leys Park in Matlock has confirmed its status as one of the very best in the UK.

From left: District Council Clean and Green Team members Scott Palmer, Paul Marsden, Parks and Streetscene Officer Helen Carrington and Assistant Operations Manager Neil Mather.Today (Friday 24 July) the superb town centre park received its eighth consecutive prestigious Green Flag Award.

Handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the national award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

Chairman of Derbyshire Dales District Council's Community & Environment Committee, Councillor Jo Wild said:

"Hall Leys Park really is without doubt the jewel in Matlock's crown, recognised by local people and visitors to the Derbyshire Dales as one of the finest town centre parks in the UK.

"This latest Green Flag is a just reward for our clean and green team and the fabulous work that goes on daily, not just in Matlock, but in all our beautiful parks and gardens throughout the Dales – and there are more than 30 in total.

"Economic prosperity is a welcome spin-off of keeping our towns and parks clean and green, helping to attract around 7 million visitors a year who spend approaching £300 million in the Dales."

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Hall Leys, featuring beautiful riverside walks, a bowling green, boating lake, children's interactive play area, miniature railway, putting green, skateboard park and tennis courts - is among a record-breaking number of 1,582 parks and green spaces across the UK flying the Green Flag Award this year.

The Green Flag Awards are 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.

The announcement of this year's Award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying Love Parks Week (July 24 to August 2), an annual celebration of our country's fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:

"We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award."

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