Sandwell retains prestigious 14 Green Flag awards
Published 26th July 2022
Sandwell is today (Tuesday 26 July) celebrating retaining prestigious Green Flags for 14 sites across the borough.
The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.
After two years 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 teams that make the green space a great space for everyone to enjoy.
Sandwell’s Green Flag sites for 2022 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 retained 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 the Green Flag Award standard for its 14 sites, Councillor Laura Rollins, cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said:” It’s fantastic news 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 hard 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.
“And we saw this in action yesterday, with many of our Green Flag sites hosting events as part of our amazing Queen’s Baton Relay day, with thousands of people and families enjoying themselves, as we count down to the start of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games later in the week.
“If you enjoyed our QBR day, another one of our fantastic Green Flag sites, Sandwell Valley Country Park, will be providing free big screen livestreaming of the opening ceremony this Thursday, 28 July, and of the Games competition events from Friday, 29 July, to Monday 8 August.”
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.
“The achievement of these awards is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure the sites maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag awards.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under license from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces.
The awards set the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Entry to the Sandwell Valley Showground for free livestreaming of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and competition events is free but booking is required. Find out more about events at Sandwell Valley Country Park (the text takes you to a web link).