Flag flying high as park scoops national award

Centenary Garden at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, awarded Green Flag status.'Friends of Centre Vale Park with children from the National Play 'n' Care Centre, Todmorden.
Centenary Garden at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, awarded Green Flag status.'Friends of Centre Vale Park with children from the National Play 'n' Care Centre, Todmorden.

A park has been named one of the best in the country by an environmental charity after receiving a prestigious national award.

Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, has been presented with the Green Flag Award again in recognition of its excellent appearance, good levels of maintenance and excellent facilities.

The flag was raised during an official ceremony in the park on Friday.

Heather Wilson, of the Friends of Centre Vale Park, said it was good news for the park and for Todmorden.

“It’s wonderful,” she said.

“People have always come here when visiting Todmorden.

“They come from all over, especially when we have the agricultural show.

“People who haven’t been in a while don’t know what they’ve missed.

“Todmorden is a very special place. It’s a beautiful town and we welcome everybody here.”

Heather hopes the award will provide a boost to the Friends group’s efforts to secure funding to improve facilities in the park.

The Green Flag Award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

The park is one of seven in Calderdale to win the award. The others are Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park, Manor Heath Park, Ogden Water Country Park, Shibden Estate, People’s Park and Wellholme Park.

Coun Steve Sweeney, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for an incredible seven parks across Calderdale.

“This award recognises and highlights that people across the borough are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality, and reflects the hard work of the safer, cleaner, greener team.

“The green flags will be raised to celebrate Love Parks Week - encouraging people to visit and take pride in their local park.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award scheme manager, said: “A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks’ managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.”