Hall Leys Park in Matlock has been recognised by the international Green Flag Award Scheme as world class – for the 11th consecutive year.
Chairman of the District Council’s Community & Environment Committee, Councillor Jo Wild said:
“Hall Leys Park is undoubtedly one of the finest town centre parks and the jewel in Matlock’s crown. We are incredibly proud it has been chosen for Green Flag status for an 11th year running.
“Our superb Clean & Green team have done a tremendous job again in the past 12 months, not just in Matlock but at more than 30 parks and gardens they maintain across the whole of the Derbyshire Dales.
“As a council we recognise that keeping our towns and parks clean and green boosts the local economy, helping to attract nearly five million visitors a year who spend more than £315 million in the Dales.”
The international Green Flag award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Hall Leys features beautiful riverside walks, a bowling green, boating lake, children's interactive play area, miniature railway, skateboard park, tennis courts and a multi-use games area opened only last year.
In the scheme’s 22nd year, the Matlock park is among a record-breaking 1,883 Green Flags awarded to green spaces large and small across the UK - almost 100 more than in 2017.
As well as traditional parks, some more surprising green spaces have achieved the awards this year, including university campuses, shopping centres, the Thames Barrier Park, War Memorials and burials sites.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:
“It has been a record-breaking year for Green Flag Awards, and it’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of locations have been recognised. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to experience, and encourage the public to head outdoors, explore their local area and find even more unexpected green spaces they can enjoy.”