Borough parks in Green Flag glory

Last updated: 28/07/2014 09:57:40

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Two borough parks are flying high after retaining their prestigious Green Flag awards yet again - to the delight of visitors and volunteers alike.

Palfrey Park has retained its Green Flag for the seventh year running, while it's the sixth year running for Willenhall Memorial Park.

The news was announced today (Monday 28 July 2014).

The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales and was developed as a means of recognising and rewarding the best in the country.
It is a sign to visitors that the park is well-maintained and well-managed – with excellent facilities.

Both parks attract around a million visitors a year between them and Palfrey now boasts a pavilion while Willenhall has an outdoor gym and new skate park.

Colleen Jones, chair of the Palfrey Park Friends and Users Association, said:"All of us involved  with Palfrey Park are thrilled that it has been successful again this year.

"A lot of work goes into maintaining the park - both by the council and volunteers through the friends group - and the Green Flag symbolises that commitment. I'd like to thank everyone for the part they've played in this year's success.

"I would also like to remember the late Gareth Perrins Seedhouse for all the support and help he gave us."
Councillor Sean Coughlan, chair of the Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park, said: "This is great news - congratulations to everyone involved.

"We have a really enthusiastic friends group and volunteers should be proud of themselves for their invaluable support in helping Willenhall retain its Green Flag again in 2014."

Councillor Anthony Harris, portfolio holder for leisure and culture with Walsall Council Coalition, said the awards were a "brilliant boost for Walsall.

"We're all delighted that the judges have decided Palfrey and Willenhall deserve to retain their Green Flag status.

"I'd like to place on record my thanks to council staff in clean and green services who maintain these beautiful green spaces and the friends groups at both parks whose support and enthusiasm is second to none.

"I'd urge people to go and have a look at these two parks, if they haven't already, and see for themselves what a brilliant boost they are to Walsall's communities."