Judges flag up praise for top mark green spaces

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Praise has been heaped on community groups and council staff for their work in Brighouse and the country’s finest green spaces.

Both Wellhome Park and Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park scored some of the highest marks in the country as they were presented with their Green Flags by Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Wellholme Park on Bradford Road was presented with the Green flag for the ninth year running.

Commenting on the park the judges said: “In these times of reduced budgets, cuts in personnel and withdrawn sponsorship it must be very hard to continue to care for something as beautiful and important as Wellholme Park at the level that it needs.

“But here the staff and the volunteeers are continuing to do a wonderful job. Well done and good luck for the future.”

The memorial park has gone from strength to strength receiving the same marks as some of the Royal green areas in London.

Malcolm Silkstone, from Friends of Bailiff Bridge Park, said: “We’ve managed to pull this park back and actually maintain it to a standard.

“I think its very importantt that we keep this park nice and keep the standard for the sake of the men and women who gave their lives in 1914.”

Councillor Graham Hall (Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, Con) said: “It’s a great team effort and since I’ve been involved with the residents of Bailiff Bridge, this park has gone from strength to strength. It isn’t the elected members who have done it - it is the people of Bailiff Bridge.

“We’ve done our bit at the town hall but most of the work has been done here and this is one of the bright spots of being part of the council when you something positive like this.”

Coun David Kirton (Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, Con) added: “A big thank you must go to the Safer, Clearner, Greener team for all the hard work to make this happen and to Philip Schofield who is the manager of the team. It’s absolutely fantastic what they have achieved.”