Two Oldham parks have been given Green Flag Awards after an undercover inspection.
After ‘secret shoppers’ judged them to be ‘well-managed and high-quality’, Alexandra Park. Oldham’s largest park and built by locals during the cotton famine which was sparked by the American Civil War and Dunwood Park in Shaw retained their status Green Flag award status.
They were also judged to provide ‘excellent facilities at international standard’ and were praised for their conservation and heritage work.
In 2014, English Heritage boosted Alexandra Park’s listed status on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England from Grade II to Grade II* – a first for an open space in Oldham.
Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award scheme manager, 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.”
A record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces received the prestigious Green Flag Award which was held on July 21st.