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Tatton Park named as one of the best in Britain

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More parks and green spaces than ever will be flying the Green Flag Award this year – more than 1,582 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 1,582 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The award 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 eleventh award and Green Heritage site accreditation.

Brendan Flanagan, Head of Countryside, Culture and Visitor Economy , commented

“Green flag celebrates our achievements against a national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK showing once again the quality that Tatton offers. However, we are particularly proud that we also have Green Heritage Accreditation once again as this 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. 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.”

The announcement of this year’s Award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying Love Parks Week (July 24 to August 2), an annual celebration of our country’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.

Notes to Editors

A full list of Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award winners is available here http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/greenflagawards2015/2334

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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