Pannett Park among country’s cleanest

Gardeners and Friends of Pannett Park celebrate their Green Flag award for 2013/14''w1331018
Gardeners and Friends of Pannett Park celebrate their Green Flag award for 2013/14''w1331018

Whitby’s Pannett Park has won a prestigious award for its cleanliness.

It is the fourth consecutive year that the park has won the Green Flag award - created by Keep Britain Tidy.

Chairman of the Friends of Pannett Park, Robert Bennett, said: “We are delighted to have secured a Green Flag for Pannett Park for the fourth consecutive year.

“Much of the credit must go to the borough council’s parks staff, Keith Wright and Geoff Smith for their year round efforts, but ultimately our success is a result of a great partnership between the friends, the borough council, in bloom volunteers and the trustees of the park.

“The recognition the park continues to receive demonstrates just how much can be done when everyone works together and we are all very proud of our achievements.”

The Green Flag, which can be seen flying above the park, signifies that the space is well maintained and has good facilities.

A new play park for children has complimented beautifully kept gardens, lawns and wooded areas for the whole family to enjoy.

Keep Britain Tidy hope the campaign will improve the health and well-being of the public through better access to open spaces.

Councillor David Chance, cabinet member for Tourism and Culture at the borough council, added the news the park had retained its Green Flag once again was fantastic. He added: “Not only is the park treasured by local residents, it also plays and important part in helping to attact many thousands of visitors to Whitby throughout the year.”

“It is testament to the dedication and hard work of the friends group and other volunteers working with our own parks department that we are able to achieve success.”

Whitby’s award is one of 1,447 were awarded nationally but the only other park to receive a Green Flag locally was Falsgrave Park in Scarborough.