Locations across the Wirral have met the high standards required to receive the coveted Green Flag Award in 2023.
The Green Flag Awards, which have been running for 27 years, are an international quality mark for parks and green spaces, and they are a testament to the hard work of Wirral Council’s parks and countryside teams, Friends groups, and volunteers. 29 Wirral parks will be awarded the Green Flag for 2022-2023.
Wirral Country Park has been awarded a Green Heritage Flag for the first time, joining Birkenhead Park in its achievements for the management of the park’s historic features. Historic England supports the Green Heritage Flag.
Wirral’s New Ferry Butterfly Park, managed by Cheshire Wildlife Trust, and Woodchurch Holy Cross, managed by Holy Cross Woodchurch PCC, have also received Green Flag Community Awards, bringing the total number of awards in Wirral to 33.
Cllr Liz Grey, Chair of the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee, said:
“What an honour it is for Wirral to achieve 33 Green Flag Awards, including Wirral Country Park receiving their first Green Heritage Flag – this helps to recognise all the work that is being done in this area and with the award being given in the park’s Anniversary year, it makes it all the more special.
“Awards, particularly ones as prestigious as these, really celebrate the continual work and effort put in by those who look after these recognised sites. It is the work of our Friends groups, volunteers and council staff that make awards like this possible but that also help to keep our parks and green spaces a wonderful and welcoming place for residents and all those that want to visit them.
“I would like to extend my thanks and offer my congratulations to all those involved.”
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE said:
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in helping Wirral to achieving 33 Green Flag Awards.
“These parks and spaces are vital green space for the communities of Wirral, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles. The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award, and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, establishing the benchmark standard for green space management in the United Kingdom and around the world.
The successful parks in Wirral are:
Ashton Park Wirral Council
Bidston Hill Wirral Council
Brotherton Park and Dibbinsdale Local Nature Reserve
Central Park (Wirral)
Eastham Country Park
Flaybrick Memorial Gardens
Harrison Park Wirral
Hilbre Island Local Nature Reserve
Meols Parade Gardens
North Wirral Coastal Park
Queen’s Park (Wirral)
Rake Lane Cemetery
Thornton Hough Village Green
Torr Park Eastham
Victoria Gardens (West Kirby)
Wirral Country Park