Moorlands country park is waving the Green Flag a sixth time

LADDEREDGE Country Park near Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands has been awarded a Green Flag of excellence for the sixth successive year.

It is one of a record-breaking 2,000-plus UK parks and green spaces to receive the prestigious award - a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Coun Mark Deaville, Deputy Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and cabinet member for Leisure and Sports, said: "We are absolutely delighted that Ladderedge Country Park has once again achieved this internationally recognisable mark of excellence.

"It's much deserved and our congratulations go to our staff and the ever enthusiastic Friends of the Park for their hard work and dedication to keeping the park at the top for another year.

"This year more than ever we've all come to value our parks and open spaces which provide our local communities with the opportunity to enjoy spending time and being active outdoors and all the health and wellbeing benefits that brings.

"We at the council are committed to providing quality open spaces and parks across the Moorlands so it's fantastic to have that recognised once again with this award."

The Green Flag Award scheme is managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

It's chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: "Our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

"It is testament to the incredible hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record number of visitors, Ladderedge Country Park has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award."

* The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government www.greenflagaward.org


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