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Matlock Park voted one of the country’s best for the ninth time

Voted one of the best parks in the UK once again, Matlock’s Hall Leys Park has received a ninth consecutive Green Flag Award.

Owned and maintained by Derbyshire Dales District Council, the town centre park has received the award from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The new flag hoisted onto the flagpole in Hall Leys today (Monday 25 July) means it is recognised as one of the best parks and green spaces across the country.

Chairman of the District Council’s Community & Environment Committee, Councillor Jo Wild said: “We are immensely proud of a park that is rightly recognised by local people and visitors alike as one of the finest town centre parks in the UK. It really is the jewel in Matlock’s crown.

“The award is a tribute also to the District Council’s clean and green team and their dedicated work in keeping more than 30 parks and gardens looking great across the whole of the Derbyshire Dales.

“Keeping our towns and parks clean and green brings a welcome boost to the economy too, helping to attract nearly five million visitors a year who spend approaching £315 million in the Dales.”

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.

Hall Leys ­– featuring beautiful riverside walks, a bowling green, boating lake, children's interactive play area, miniature railway, putting green, skateboard park and tennis courts - is among a record-breaking number of 1,686 parks and green spaces across the UK flying the Green Flag Award this year.

The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

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.”

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