The magnificent seven! Natural delight as Leeds parks scoop coveted award

Temple Newsam Estate in Leeds.
Temple Newsam Estate in Leeds.
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Seven pieces of green and pleasant land in Leeds have been named among the best parks in the country.

Golden Acre Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Middleton Park, Otley Chevin Country Park, Pudsey Park, Roundhay Park and the Temple Newsam Estate have all been given 2017 Green Flag Award status, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy announced today.

The international quality mark for parks and green spaces is handed out to sites that are “well managed, clean and safe”.

Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “Research shows that parks are a vital and valued resource in communities across the UK and we are delighted that so many of them are meeting the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

Today’s announcement was welcomed by Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and sustainability.

She told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We are extremely proud of our city’s parks and green spaces and it is brilliant news that seven sites in Leeds have been recognised with a prestigious Green Flag Award.

“An amazing amount of hard work is undertaken by the council’s dedicated parks and countryside team, along with many volunteers and groups, to ensure that green spaces across our communities look so fantastic.

“These awards are therefore a great recognition of their efforts, and we look forward to seeing people of all ages continuing to enjoy what we have to offer at our parks and green spaces in the weeks, months and years to come.”

Other sites in West Yorkshire that have secured Green Flag status include Anglers Country Park near Wakefield, Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury and Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall.

Nationwide, a total of 1,797 parks, cemeteries, universities, museums, hospitals and shopping centres met the award criteria this year.