Volunteers and staff at Longton’s Queen’s Park are celebrating after the venue was awarded a prestigious Green Flag for the eighth year in a row.
The park is among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces across the country to receive the award this week – the mark of a quality park or green space.
Queen’s Park is run by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, with support from the Queen’s Park Partnership, a community group that champions the venue. The park is famous for its trees, horticulture and lakes. It has a very individual character and is one of the city's heritage parks. It houses a range of buildings including the clock tower and three bowling pavilions. News of the Green Flag comes days after work started on a £330,000 project to transform an abandoned pavilion in the park into a café for visitors.
Stoke-on-Trent's Lord Mayor Lillian Dodd, who represents Dresden and Florence on the city council, said: “This is a great achievement for Queen’s Park and credit must go to the park staff and volunteers who work hard throughout the year not only here but at all of our parks and venues to make them such brilliant places. We’re blessed with some fantastic green spaces in Stoke-on-Trent, something which we are very proud of, and it’s great when they receive national recognition like this.”
Chair of Queen’s Park Partnership, Susan Whalley, added: “Winning another Green Flag Award is marvellous. Everybody from the volunteers to the gardeners do such a brilliant job at maintaining the park. When I started volunteering, the park was in a pitiful state and now it’s beautiful and thriving. We hold fundraising events throughout the year- recently we’ve held a successful Dog Show and an Armed Forces day. We want to use the funds to continue conserving the park and to get people through the gates.”
Along with Queen’s Park, Green Flags were also awarded to Burslem Park, Park Hall Country Park and Carmountside Cemetery and Crematorium in the city.