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Cumbria and D&G parks receive national award

Silloth Community Garden Credit: Silloth-on-Solway Town Council

Five parks in the region have been given Green Flag Awards by the environmental group Keep Britain Tidy.

Chances Park in Carlisle, Dock Park in Dumfries and the cemeteries at Alston and Penrith have all been recognised, with Siloth Green in Cumbria being listed as one of the best in the world.

The parks are among 1,797 others in the UK to receive the award. The Green Flag Award is an international award given to parks and green spaces for being safe, clean and green places for people to enjoy.

We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.

– Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award scheme manager

Awards are given to green spaces open to the public on an annual basis with winners applying each year to renew their Green Flag status.

Green Flag awards for local parks

The council celebrate Dock Park in Dumfries receiving an award. Credit: D&G Council

Parks in Cumbria and the south of Scotland have been named amongst the best in Britain.

Chances Park in Carlisle, Dock Park in Dumfries, and Silloth Green, have all been given green flag status.

The Green Flag scheme is run by the charity Keep Britain Tidy in England, and by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful in Scotland.

The flag is awarded as a stamp of quality to parks and green spaces that score highly in a range of areas including cleanliness and community involvement.

It means a lot to Dumfries, especially getting it three years in a row.

Everyone who's involved in the park will be really proud of what they've achieved, looking at what it was like years ago and what it is now.

– Cllr John Martin, Dumfries & Galloway Council


Silloth Green named amongst best parks in Britain

Plenty of community events are held at Silloth Green. Credit: Silloth Green

Silloth Green has been officially recognised as one of the top parks and green spaces in Britain.

It's one of only 1,500 nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Green Flag status by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

This Award recognises Silloth Green as a well-managed, high quality green space, which could not have been achieved without the dedicated work of our Town Council staff, grounds maintenance team, and community volunteers.”

– Tony Markley, Mayor of Silloth

Four other green spaces in the Border region also made the list:

  • Dock Park - Dumfries
  • Chances Park – Carlisle
  • Penrith Cemetery
  • Alston Cemetery

You can find more details about our winners here.

Dock Park in Dumfries selected as best in Scotland

Dock Park receives Green Flag award and best park in Scotland. Credit: ITV News Border

Keep Scotland Beautiful has revealed the results of the poll to identify the nation's favourite open spaces.

The Dock Park was the national winner in the People's Choice award ahead of Beechwood Park in Stirling and Rouken Glen in East Renfrewshire.

A total of 59 Green Flag Award winning parks and green spaces were entered into this year's Scottish vote.

The Green Flag is the benchmark for a quality green space and is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful. Credit: ITV News Border

“We were absolutely delighted that the Dock Park was awarded a coveted Green Flag earlier this year, which was worthy recognition of the way the council has totally transformed the park. However to now be voted No. 1 in Scotland is an outstanding achievement especially because this award was as a result of a public vote."

– Councillor Colin Smyth

Dock Park voted best in Scotland

The park was the first in D&G to receive the award Credit: ITV News Border

Dock Park in Dumfries and Galloway has been voted by the public as the best in Scotland.

The vote was organised by the Green Flag Award scheme, an accolade administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful to high quality sites with community involvement.

It beat Beechwood Park in Stirling and Rouken Glen in East Renfrewshire to the top spot.

The park has recently undergone a £2million restoration.

Parks in our region are among the best in Britain

Four open spaces in Cumbria and one in Dumfries and Galloway have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award.

Green Flag awards in Cumbria go to:

  • Chances Park in Carlisle
  • Silloth Green
  • Penrith Cemetery
  • Alston Cemetery

In Dumfries and Galloway, Dock Park has become the first park in the south of Scotland to be given the award. A £2 million refurbishment of the park was completed earlier this year and it was officially opened in May by the earl of Wessex.

We asked people what they think of the park since its upgrade.