High standards of Yorkshire parks and green spaces February 21, 2021

Beaumont Park, HuddersfieldA 2020-21 Green Flag AwardCrescent Gardens, FileyOtley Chevin Country ParkCentral Park, HaworthNear 100 parks and green spaces across Yorkshire have a Green Flag Award in 2021 reflecting high standards across the region.

While blue flags have become familiar at the seaside for many years, green flags are a relative newcomer in providing an internationally recognised standard against which parks and green spaces are judged.

Towns, villages and cities where there are parks with awards include Batley, Brighouse, Doncaster, Elsecar, Filey, Greasbrough, Halifax, Haworth, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Pudsey, Scarborough, Sheffield, Whitby and York.

Many country parks also have the awards, among them the Otley Chevin Country Park; the Pugneys and Anglers Country Parks, near Wakefield; Ulley Country Park, south of Rotherham; and Rawcliffe Country Park, near York.

But parks are not the only green spaces with awards after an application and assessment process involving mystery judges checking standards. Other green flag winners include Elland Crematorium, the Pocklington, Selby and Ripon Canals, University of Bradford main campus and heritage sites such as Kirkstall Abbey near Leeds, and Castle Hill at Huddersfield. Woodlands and nature reserves are also among the region's flag winners.

The Green Flag Awards scheme is managed in England by the Keep Britain Tidy group under licence from the Government.

Find out more at the  Green Flag Award website.

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