Green Flag success again for Ilkley park


Darwin Gardens Millennium Green in Ilkley has once again been awarded the Green Flag Award, which is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces


Managed by Ilkley Town Council, Darwin Gardens on the edge of Ilkley Moor is one of 1555 celebrating success, others locally include Golden Acre Park, Otley's Chevin Country Park, Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley, Roberts Park in Saltaire and Haworth’s Central Park.


Councillor Joanne Sugden said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the Green Flag Award again this year. We have received 16 awards, continuously since 2005 and are very proud of our record of improvements to the Gardens over the years. These will continue with some exiting new developments planned for the gardens this year.


"We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, this award celebrates the dedication in particular of the groundsman, Philip Judd and Cate Perman, Deputy Clerk to the Town Council for their hard work planning and maintaining the Gardens.”


Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Darwin Garden worthy of a Green Flag Award.


“Its a vital green spaces for the community in Ilkley. This award is testament to all the hard work of staff and volunteers, who do so much to ensure that these parks maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”


The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.