Flags flying high at two town parks

Ward Jackson Park, pictured by Mail reader Stan Wears
Ward Jackson Park, pictured by Mail reader Stan Wears

TWO of Hartlepool’s most popular parks have once again been given national recognition.

Summerhill, a 100-acre country park, and the more traditional Ward Jackson Park have again been awarded Green Flags.

Both have held Green Flags since 2008, and the news that they will continue to fly them for at least another 12 months has been welcomed.

Councillor Peter Jackson, whose remit as Chair of Hartlepool Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee covers Ward Jackson Park, said: “The presence of Green Flags at both locations means that visitors can be assured of first-class facilities, signage and amenities.”

Councillor Robbie Payne who has responsibility for Summerhill as Chair of the Regeneration Services Committee, added: “Much hard work has gone into developing and improving both parks in recent years and these awards recognise that. I’d like to congratulate all of the staff and volunteers who have played a part in achieving the Green Flags.”

Jane Rollo, Chair of the Friends of Ward Jackson Park, said: “We are pleased that the park has again been awarded a Green Flag and we would like to thank the parks and countryside staff at Hartlepool Council, the Friends of Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool and their volunteers, the Rural West borough councillors and the Park Residents Association for their support.”

The Green Flag Awards scheme is managed by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and aims to recognise and reward the country’s best green spaces.