Awards for two Northampton parks named among the best in the UK

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Abington Park and Delapre Park in Northampton have won awards for being among the best in Britain.

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces that have today been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

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

Councillor Alan Bottwood, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are overjoyed to receive another two Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy.

“The awards are a real tribute to our staff, the Friends groups and volunteers who all work so hard throughout the year. We are so lucky to have such beautiful parks in Northampton, they are part of what makes our town special. Local people love them and they attract visitors from far and wide. We will fly the flags with pride.”

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. 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.”

The announcement of this year’s Award winners comes in time for Love Parks Week (July 25 to August 2), an annual celebration of our country’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.