Seven parks across Leeds are celebrating this month after receiving a prestigious green award.
And among them are our own Otley Chevin and Golden Acre Park, here in Leeds North West.IMG_6483
The Green Award recognises the very best green spaces across the United Kingdom. In Leeds it’s been awarded to Otley Chevin and Golden Acre as well as Pudsey Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam estate. All six have been on the list for several years now – but were joined this year by Middleton Park.
In order to qualify for a Green Flag Award, a park or open space must be; a welcoming place, healthy, safe and secure, clean and well maintained, – and demonstrate sustainability, conservation and heritage, and involvement of the local community.
Otley Chevin and Golden Acre passed with flying colours – and we’re not surprised.

And if you want to see why, you can join the Head Gardener at Golden Acre this Thursday – 30 July – at 1 p.m. for a Guided Walk.
Meet outside shop behind Golden Acre Park Café – just turn up, it’s a free event.
Contact Dean Lockwood on 0113 3957400 or parks@leeds.gov.uk for more information.
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In spite of the swingeing cuts Tories and LibDems in government have imposed on Leeds, the Leeds City Council’s Parks and Countryside team continues to maintain our beautiful open spaces in the city – and to win awards for them.
Awards like this are a tribute to the hard work of Leeds City Council staff.

As Debra Coupar, Labour’s Executive Board member for Communities said:
“I would like to pay tribute to the tremendous hard work and dedication of all of our Parks and Countryside staff and countless volunteers who are the main reason why we are able to celebrate this amazing success today.”
Let’s hope the Government’s proposed 40% cuts don’t fall on their necks!

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