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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Four Cumbrian open spaces named among best in Britain

Parks pruned to perfection in Cumbria have been named among the best in Britain.

Chances Park photo
Chances Park in Carlisle

Four open spaces in the county were today praised for their fantastic flowers, great greenery and the community spirit that surrounds them.

Keep Britain Tidy has given Green Flag Awards to Chances Park in Carlisle, Silloth Green, Penrith Cemetery and Alston Cemetery.

Scheme manager Paul Todd said the awards are about recognising the work that goes into keeping parks in top condition.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy,” he added.

It’s the fourth year running the Chances Park, in the west of the city, has been recognised.

Carlisle City Council deputy leader Elsie Martlew said:” I’d like to congratulate all our staff who care for our beautiful parks and green spaces.

“We take great pride in our city and countless hours are spent maintaining our open spaces, for all to enjoy.

”The support of the volunteers, such as the Friends of Chance’s Park, is also invaluable. They help with the upkeep of the park as well as shape their future development.”

It’s two-in-a-row for Silloth Green, an area which continues to go from strength to strength following a £1m revamp.

It is made up of three parts – The Green, Harbour Green and Skinburness Green and is one of the largest village greens in the north of England.

Delighted Mayor of Silloth Tony Markley said: “This award recognises Silloth Green as a well-managed, high-quality green space, which could not have been achieved without the dedicated work of our town council staff, grounds maintenance team and community volunteers.

“People of Silloth and increasing visitors to the town are benefiting from new public realm initiatives alongside a mature and well maintained space of the highest quality.”

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