Path by river at Avenham Park

16th July 2019

Preston parks and gardens are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive either a prestigious Green Flag Award, a Green Heritage accreditation or a Green Flag Community Award - the mark of a quality park or green space.

131 awards in thirteen other countries around the world have also been announced.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the spaces boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

The list of awards for Preston are:

  • Ashton Park
  • Avenham Park
  • Fishwick Bottoms
  • Haslam Park
  • Miller Park
  • Moor Park
  • Winckley Square Gardens

The Friends of Haslam Park also hold a Green Flag Community Award for their volunteer management of the sensory and rose gardens and the Local Nature Reserve.

Councillor Robert Boswell, Cabinet member for environment, said,

"We are absolutely delighted to receive awards as part of the Green Flag Awards Scheme here in Preston.

"We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and these awards celebrate the dedication that goes into maintaining Preston's parks and green spaces to such a high standard.

"It's great recognition for all the hard work by park rangers, gardeners, staff, volunteers and Friends Groups to keep all our parks and open spaces looking at their best all year round."

Winckley Square Gardens has also retained the much coveted additional Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the management of the historic gardens.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:

"It's fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.

"Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement."

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Background information

  • The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
  • Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. We also campaign for the country to be litter free and waste less. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit
  • Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site Accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site's historic features and the standard of conservation.