Top marks at memorial park

The Green Flag certificate is presented to Malcolm Silkstone and Councillor David Kirton from Sam Ward at Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park
The Green Flag certificate is presented to Malcolm Silkstone and Councillor David Kirton from Sam Ward at Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park

BAILIFF Bridge Memorial Park is the finest park in the UK.

The park has been rated higher than The Royal Parks in London after achieving the top 80 plus standard in the Green Flag status which is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.

Chairman of Bailiff Bridge Community Association, Malcolm Silkstone, said it was the first park in Calderdale to achieve the rare accolade. “We were told that we had a higher mark than last year when we received 78 marks which put us on a par with the parks in London.

“This is not just good news for Bailiff Bridge but for Calderdale as a whole. I’m absolutely thrilled to bits about it. This is a reward for all the very hard work that has been put in. A top mark is perfection in every way and the comments that were made on the Green Flag report were incredibly nice. There wasn’t even any recommendations which is an excellent position to be in.”

In the report the judge said that it was a welcoming space and was clean and well maintained. They said the enthusiasm of Philip Schofield and the park staff, volunteers, Malcolm Silkstone and the association are second to none. “Calderdale Council and the Bailiff Bridge Community Association should be proud of what they have achieved. It is a credit to all involved. It is a pleasure to be judging this site.”