Soak up the sun in our top parks

NBENBE110726d4, Belper River gardens and parks green flag awards. Town crier Terry Porter, Mayor Amber valley cllr Ron Ashton, Mayor of belper Cllr Alan Cox.

NBENBE110726d4, Belper River gardens and parks green flag awards. Town crier Terry Porter, Mayor Amber valley cllr Ron Ashton, Mayor of belper Cllr Alan Cox.

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WHAT better way to appreciate the great outdoors than to take a stroll around your nearest park?

We flock to the green spaces in our towns every summer, at every given sunny opportunity to get away from bustle of concrete-clad town centres.

NBENBE110726d3, Belper River gardens and parks green flag awards.

NBENBE110726d3, Belper River gardens and parks green flag awards.

Last week marked the fifth Love Parks Week, which aims to showcase the importance of our free-to-use green spaces.

And with 91 per cent of the British public believing that having a good park nearby can improve your quality of life, anyone living in the Belper area can boast some of the best open spaces in the country.

For two of our parks were bestowed with the Green Flag Award, a nationally recognised sign to visitors that the park is well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.

Both Belper Parks and Belper River Gardens have been bestowed with the prestigious flag, which is only won after a series of close inspections from the Green Flag scheme’s rigorous judges.

NBENBE110726d2, Belper River gardens and parks green flag awards.

NBENBE110726d2, Belper River gardens and parks green flag awards.

It is the third time in a row Belper Parks has received the honour, but the first time the River Gardens has won it.

Amber Valley now has four Green Flag parks, a record for a borough of its size.

Leader of Amber Valley Borough Council, Cllr Stuart Bradford, said: “This is fantastic news and the Green Flags for four of our parks is even more amazing.

“It highlights what an asset our parks and open spaces are, and is testimony to council’s ongoing commitment for improvement and the hard work and dedication of the staff who maintain the parks for the public’s enjoyment.”

Phil Barton, chairman of the Green Flag Plus Partnership, said: “I would like to congratulate this year’s winners, who have worked hard throughout the year to keep their parks and green spaces at a high standard and ensure they are pleasant and enjoyable spaces.”