THREE Liverpool parks have picked up a national award.
Sefton Park and Stanley Park have both retained the coveted ‘Green Flag’ status – for the 16th year in a row, while Chavasse Park has received the prize for the 11th successive year.
The awards have been won following a mystery shop-style visit to assess numerous aspects of the parks, including cleanliness, overall condition, flower beds, and litter management.
Sefton Park – which celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, is widely regarded as one of the country’s most outstanding public parks, with a distinctive landscape of watercourses. It is the city’s only Grade I listed park, home to the Palm House, a lake and a playground.
Stanley Park – which sits between Liverpool and Everton’s football grounds, was designed by leading Victorian landscape architect Edward Kemp. The 110 acre site was opened in 1870 and is renowned for its distinctive design and architecture, which includes a formal terrace with lawns and bedding displays enhanced by five sturdy gothic style shelters in red sandstone. The Grade II listed park also features the refurbished Victorian Isla Gladstone Conservatory.
Chavasse Park – five acres of open space and beautifully landscaped gardens at the heart of Liverpool ONE, providing an oasis of calm in the city centre and regular one-off and seasonal events. It was named after local war hero Noel Godfrey Chavasse – one of only three British subjects to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice.
Each year, the city’s parks play host to thousands of visitors, including summer events such as Africa Oye and The Arabic Arts Festival, and other seasonal activities.