Horden’s two main parks have again been recognised as among the best in the country.
The Welfare and Memorial Parks in the village are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces which will receive a Green Flag Award.
We are absolutely delighted to receive our Green Flag Awards for the 10th consecutive year from Keep Britain TidyColin Muir
The award, which is in its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the UK.
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space has high standards, is well maintained and has excellent facilities.
Horden Welfare Park, which installed sculptor Ray Lonsdale’s mining sculpture ‘Marra’ in 2015, won its first Green flag award in 2006 after benefitting from a £1.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Memorial Park, which is the focus point for the village’s annual Remembrance Day Parade, followed in 2007.
The parks are owned and managed by Horden Parish Council, and is the only parish council in County Durham to receive the award.
Colin Muir, parks and cemetery manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive our Green Flag Awards for the 10th consecutive year from Keep Britain Tidy. This award recognises and highlights that people in Horden are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality.
“Maintaining Green Flag status could not be achieved without the dedication of the parish council’s parks and cemetery staff, who take a great deal of pride in ensuring that the parks, cemetery and open spaces are kept to the very highest standards.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the awards.
“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”