Leeds and its locals love our parklife

A GREEN CITY: A pocket of outdoor joy near Leeds city centre.
A GREEN CITY: A pocket of outdoor joy near Leeds city centre.
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Residents living in Leeds have access to some of the best green spaces in the UK according to prestigious international awards scheme.

Otley Chevin, Pudsey Park, Golden Acre Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam estate and Middleton Park have been awarded the coveted ‘Green Flag’ status ,which recognises high environmental standards and visitor facilities.

Coun Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Environment and Active Lifestyles, said: “We are incredibly proud of our city’s parks and green spaces and so it is excellent news that seven parks have been recognised once again with a prestigious Green Flag Award.

“I would like to thank all of our Parks and Countryside staff and countless volunteers for their hard work, all of whom we owe this amazing success to.”

The Green Flag award coincides with Love Parks Week, which runs from July 13 to July 22 and offers a packed programme of things to do from investigating archaeological sites, traditional crafts, wildlife spotting or guided walks with council gardeners to find out more about plants, flowers and displays.

It also comes as a Leeds University study revealed local residents are already showing their love for Leeds parks, with 91 per cent of the city’s population making at least one trip to a park each year, and over half visiting at least once a week. The survey also found 90 per cent of people being either satisfied or very satisfied with the main park they visited.

To support or volunteer at a Leeds, park visit www.leedsparksfund.org.