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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.

Celebrate Love Parks Week in Dumfries & Galloway

Dock Park in Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

If you do anything this week visit your local park - that's the message from Dumfries & Galloway Council.

Love Parks Week 2016 runs until 24 July and people are being urged to mark the event by getting out and about in their local park.

“During Love Parks Week, we are encouraging people to go and visit their local park – familiarise yourself with what is on your doorstep. We are lucky to have so many beautiful, open, green spaces here in Dumfries and Galloway. We want people to enjoy, take pride and fall in love with their local park.”

– Cllr John Martin, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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National Parks extension plans considered

Plans to extend the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National parks will be considered at a Public Inquiry today (4th June).

The Campaign for National Parks and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have joined together to support the extension proposals.

"The landscapes of England are timeless; but some landscapes are given special protection because they hold a unique place in the heart of the nation.

"The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales are two such places, we should take this opportunity to right an historic omission, and extend these two National Parks.

"I hope, as I know thousands of others also hope, that the Inquiry starting now will recommend the four extensions of these two priceless, breath-taking places, and that the Government will endorse that recommendation if it comes.

"In doing so, they would leave a legacy for the nation that will be cherished for many generations to come."

– Andrew Motion, President, CPRE

The current boundaries of the national parks were drawn up more than 60 years ago and have left out some important area of high quality landscapes, such as Borrowdale.