Sandwell retains 14 prestigious Green Flag Awards
Published 14th October 2021
Sandwell is today (Thursday 14 October) celebrating retaining prestigious Green Flags for 14 sites across the borough.
They are among more than 2,100 sites across the country to collect the award in 2021 as the scheme celebrates its Silver Jubilee.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces.
The awards set the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.
After 18 months that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that these sites have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that make the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.
Sandwell’s Green Flag sites for 2021 are:
Barnford Park, Oldbury
Brunswick Park, Wednesbury
Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich
Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath – also a Green Heritage Site winner
Lightwoods Park, Bearwood
Lions of the Great War, Smethwick – Green Flag Community Award
Red House Park, Great Barr
Revolution Walk (Birmingham Main Line Canal), Smethwick
Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich
Sandwell Valley Crematorium, West Bromwich
Victoria Park, Smethwick
Victoria Park, Tipton
Warley Woods, Bearwood
Haden Hill Park has also achieved the much coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation, supported by Historic England, for the management of its historic features.
Commenting on the news that Sandwell has retained achieved the Green Flag Award standard for its 14 sites, Councillor Danny Millard, cabinet member for culture and tourism said:
“I am delighted that Sandwell has retained Green Flag status for these 14 sites due to the hard work and dedication of our friends groups, volunteers and staff who are working to make Sandwell a greener, cleaner borough.
“It’s a great achievement that Sandwell's Green Flag list includes a park in each of the six towns, so that everyone in Sandwell can benefit from their space and atmosphere.”
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd added:
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making these sites worthy of a Green Flag Award.
“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that Sandwell has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”