Green flag success for Sandwell's parks and green spaces
Published 17th July 2018
Ten parks and green spaces in Sandwell have been recognised by the Green Flag Scheme as among the very best in the country.
The ten sites are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag - the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now in its 22nd year, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and had excellent visitor facilities.
Sandwell's list includes six town parks, a cemetery and crematorium, as well as Sandwell Valley Country Park and community-run Warley Woods.
* Barnford Park, Oldbury
* Brunswick Park, Wednesbury
* Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich
* Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath - also a Green Heritage site winner
* Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich
* Sandwell Valley Crematorium, West Bromwich
* Tipton Cemetery
* Victoria Park, Smethwick
* Victoria Park, Tipton
* Warley Woods, Bearwood
Sandwell Council leader Councillor Steve Eling, said: " I'd like to thank everyone who has played their part in this fantastic achievement - staff, volunteers, friends' groups and community organisations.
"They have all helped Sandwell to win these prestigious awards. We also thank everyone who uses our parks and green spaces.
"Despite the pressures on council budgets, we're committed to investing in our parks, cemeteries and crematoriums."
Councillor Bill Gavan, the council's cabinet member for leisure, said: "Our council staff and waste partner Serco work incredibly hard to keep our green spaces clean and tidy, working closely with volunteers and community groups.
"It's great news that Haden Hill Park has also been awarded a Green Heritage Site award for the management of its historic features and that Warley Woods has earned its tenth Green Flag award in a row."
Councillor Gavan added that construction work was scheduled to start next year on a £5.2 million project to transform West Smethwick Park in Smethwick.
The work is being funded by a £4.5million award from the Heritage Lottery and the Big Lottery Funds' Parks for People programme and around £600,000 from Sandwell Council.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd, said: "We're delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.
"Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags."