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 Green Flag award 2016

Tatton Park named as one of the best in Britain 

More parks and green spaces than ever will be flying the Green Flag Award this year – more than 1,600 across the UK. 

Tatton Park in Cheshire East is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official. 

The popular attraction is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. 

The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. 

Over 800,000 visitors a year enjoy Tatton Park and benefit from the pleasant and enjoyable parkland that Tatton works hard to maintain for the whole community. This is Tatton’s twelfth award and Green Heritage site accreditation. 

Councillor George Walton, Chairman of the Tatton Park Board commented 

“Tatton Park is one of a number of places in Cheshire East that have met the national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK, showing once again the quality that Cheshire East offers. However, we are particularly proud that in addition to a Green Flag for Tatton we also have Green Heritage Accreditation that recognises our heritage value, how we share that with visitors and our continuing efforts to conserve, enhance and help people enjoy the heritage of the site.” 

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd 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.”       

Picture shows Graham Jones (left) Visitor and Commercial Operations Manager Tatton Park, Councillor George Walton (centre) Chairman of the Tatton Park Board, Phil Lucas (right) Park Manager Tatton Park and Brendan Flanagan (far right) Head of Service for Countryside, Culture and Visitor Economy Cheshire East with staff from the gardens, farm and park teams.

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Notes to Editors

The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.

 Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We are run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.

 Any green space that is 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 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. 

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust. This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, Gardener’s Cottage tearoom, restaurant and year-round events programme.

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more  information about the vision visit. www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision

Press enquiries

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Louise Rice 01942 612 659 louise.rice@keepbritaintidy.org

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Keep Britain Tidy Mobile: 07768 880016


Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information, please contact Lisa Senior on 01625 374416 (lisa.senior@cheshireeast.gov.uk) or Carole Mullineux on 01625 374410 (carole.mullineux@cheshireeast.gov.uk)

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian Mansion, Medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and rare breeds Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, an adventure playground, restaurants and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision