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Green Flag presentations at Wellholme Park, Brighouse

Green Flag presentations at Wellholme Park, Brighouse

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Green Flags for 2013 are now proudly flying at parks in Brighouse after presentations were made to mark their success.

Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park, Wellholme Park, Brighouse, and Shibden Estate, near Hipperholme, are among a record-breaking 1,447 parks and green spaces that have now received a prestigious Green Flag award.

Green Flag presentations at Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park

Green Flag presentations at Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park

Malcolm Silkstone, chairman of the Bailiff Bridge Community Association, accepted the award on behalf of the community.

“This is a prestigious award and a lot of hard work has been done to and keep the standard tip top,

“It has been difficult this time due to cut backs and parks are not maintained as well as they were but thanks to the tremendous support in Bailiff Bridge people have stepped in to keep the standard high. It is absolutely fantastic the park has kept its standard since 2008 which is brilliant and I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in that.”

Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) added: “This is really good news and I would like to say a big thank you to the Safer, Cleaner, Greener team for their fantastic commitment and hard work.

Friends of Shibden Estate and councillor Steve Sweeney celebrating Shibden's Green Flag Award.

Friends of Shibden Estate and councillor Steve Sweeney celebrating Shibden's Green Flag Award.

“You only have to look around here and see how beautiful the park is and that is great news for Bailiff Bridge.”

Last year Bailiff Bridge achieved top marks in the Green Flag awards for 2012-13 scoring 80 per cent in the national award.

Wellholme Park on Bradford Road also maintained its high standard for the eighth year running.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said: “The boys do a tremendous job to keep the park looking so good especially now with the cut backs and they are now being stretched.”

The green flag award is handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, and recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

The Shibden Estate has more than one reason to celebrate. The Grade II registered park has also won the prestigious national Green Heritage Award for the fourth year running.

Sponsored by English Heritage, the Green Heritage Award is presented to sites of special historic importance, which demonstrate best practice in care and upkeep.