Manchester is home to some of the best parks in the country.
In fact, the city’s six parks and cemeteries are so wonderful they’re award-winning.
They were deemed worthy of the Green Flag award, which recognizes green spaces for their beauty, environmental standards and facilities.
These include Gorton, Philips Park, Southern and Blackley cemeteries, as well as Alexandra Park and Heaton Park.
Meanwhile, Heaton Park has also received the enviable Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the management of its historic properties.
All 55 green spaces have been awarded the Green Flag across Greater Manchester.
From the façade of Manchester’s first town hall to The Temple, one of the city’s most important viewing platforms, Heaton Park is packed with exciting historic buildings and landmarks to explore.
The city’s parks have become a haven for many during the lockdowns, and a spokesperson for Manchester council described them as a place to “rest, exercise and meet up with friends and family in safety”.
“It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams that make all these green spaces a great place for everyone to enjoy,” they added.
Councilor Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member responsible for neighborhoods, said: “Our parks and green spaces have always been well used, but never more so than in the past year and a half.
“As the green lungs of our city, they have been a lifeline for many people during quarantine.
“While we know how good these areas are, how selfless our people are as guardians of our parks and cemeteries, the wonderful volunteers who help make our green spaces what they are, it’s also a great achievement to be recognized that we are. He is doing an excellent job for the benefit of all.”
The Green Flag award is internationally recognized and this year celebrates its Silver Anniversary with more than 2,000 parks and green spaces awarded nationwide.
Green Flag Award Program Manager Paul Todd said: “I want to congratulate everyone involved in making all these sites in Manchester worthy of the Green Flag Award.”
“It is a testament to the hard work of staff and volunteers who do a lot to meet the requirements demanded by the program, to ensure high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management, and is a place that supports people’s healthy lives.”