Horden Parks named amongst the best in Britain

Horden’s two main parks are one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

The Welfare and Memorial Parks in the village are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

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.

Horden Welfare Park, which recently installed locally acclaimed sculptor Ray Lonsdales mining sculpture “Marra” in 2015, won its first Green flag award in 2006 after benefitting from a £1.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Memorial Park, which is the focus point for the villages annual Remembrance Day Parade, followed the year after in 2007.

The parks are owned and managed by Horden Parish Council and are 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 tenth 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.”