Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

Manchester is home to some of the best parks in the country.

In fact, six of the parks and cemeteries in the city are so wonderful that they are award-winning.

They have been awarded the Green Flag, the award that recognizes green spaces for their beauty, environmental standards and facilities.

They include Alexandra Park and Heaton Park along with Gorton, Philips Park, Southern and Blackley cemeteries.

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Meanwhile, Heaton Park has also received the enviable Green Heritage Site accreditation for managing its historic features.

Across Greater Manchester, 55 green areas have been given the green flag.

Autumn view of the temple in Heaton Park with stunning views of the city
Temple at Heaton Park, which offers great views of the city

From the facade of Manchester’s first town hall to The Temple, one of the city’s most significant viewing platforms, Heaton Park is full of exciting historic buildings and landmarks to explore.

The city’s parks became a haven for many during the lockdowns with a spokesman for the Manchester Council describing them as a place to ‘relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.’

They added: “It is the testimony of the hard work and commitment of the teams that makes all these green spaces a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy.”

Councilor Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member of neighborhoods, said: “Our parks and green spaces have always been well used, but never more than in the last year and a half.

‘Like the green lungs of our city, they have been a lifeline for many people during the lockdown.

Alexandra Park in Moss Side
Alexandra Park in Moss Side

“Although we know how good these spaces are, how dedicated our staff are as guardians of our parks and cemeteries, the wonderful volunteers who help make our green spaces what they are, it is also a great achievement to have Recognition that we are doing an excellent job for the benefit of all. ”

The Green Flag Award is internationally recognized and this year celebrates its silver anniversary, where more than 2,000 parks and green areas across the country are awarded flags.

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making all these places in Manchester worthy of a Green Flag Award.”

“Meeting the requirements of the scheme is a testament to the hard work of staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure the high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live. a healthy life. “

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