Green Flags for Berwick parks again

Two Berwick parks have maintained the prestigious status that they were awarded for the first time last year.

Tuesday, 26th July 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 3:20 pm
Dorothy Newell of Castle Terrace took this lovely picture of sunset over Coronation Park in Berwick.

Castle Vale and Coronation Parks, alongside others from across Northumberland, have been awarded Green Flag Awards by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Berwick’s parks have recently been revitalised by £1million of Parks for People funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery.

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Castle Vale Park contains a lily pond, picturesque shelters, rock gardens and spectacular views of the Royal Border bridge as it crosses the River Tweed.

Coronation Park, to the north of the train station, is England’s most northerly park and contains herbaceous borders, a wildflower meadow, a contemporary pergola and a traditional shelter with views of the River Tweed.

The parks, known collectively as Castle Parks, have regular events and are supported by the dedicated work of many volunteers and the Friends of Castle Parks.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that so many of our parks have achieved Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy.

“We are extremely grateful for the support and commitment of local people, parks users, friends groups and volunteers who help to keep parks vibrant and extremely well-used.

“Everyone involved can be very proud.”