PARKS across Hartlepool and East Durham have retained a prestigious national quality award.
Summerhill, a 100-acre country park, and Ward Jackson Park, in Hartlepool, have once again been awarded Green Flags.
Both have been in possession of Green Flags since 2008, and the news that they will continue to fly them for at least another 12 months has been warmly welcomed.
Horden Parish Council also secured Green Flags for Horden Memorial Park and Horden Welfare Park.
Labour councillor Peter Jackson, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood services committee, said: “This is great news for both Summerhill and Ward Jackson Park and for Hartlepool as a whole.
“The presence of Green Flags at both locations means that visitors can be assured of first-class facilities, signage and amenities.”
Carol Rollo, chairman of the Friends of Ward Jackson Park, said: “We are delighted that the park has retained this important award.
“The park is used by young and old alike and attracts visitors from areas throughout the town.
“We believe that it is the jewel in the crown of Hartlepool and we hope that it will attract more visitors from further afield who can enjoy its beauty and tranquillity.”
The Green Flag awards scheme which is managed by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, aims to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Friends of Ward Jackson Park can email firstname.lastname@example.org