The region’s beautiful parks and gardens have received national recognition after being shortlisted for a coveted award from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
North Lincolnshire Council has fought off stiff competition from across the country to be one of just three authorities in the running for the Love Parks Award 2022.
The awards recognise and celebrate local authorities committed to making significant improvements to the environment on residents’ doorsteps, from community engagement work to waste enforcement work.
Cllr David Rose, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This is a brilliant achievement, though not at all surprising – everyone can see how our parks have gone from strength to strength over the past few years, as is shown by the fact we now have five Green Flag awards – they just keep getting better and better.
“I would like to congratulate the teams involved, and all the volunteers, who have made our parks such beautiful places to visit and a welcome sanctuary in these difficult times.”
Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton, said: “I would like to congratulate North Lincolnshire Council on being shortlisted for one of our annual awards.
“We know that people want to live in places that are clean and tidy and local authorities have a massive role to play in this and should rightly be recognised for their efforts.
“We are thrilled that so many authorities entered our awards and, again, the standard was incredibly high. We look forward to seeing representatives from North Lincolnshire at our awards ceremony in Birmingham in February.”
Sheffield Park in Scunthorpe received coveted Green Flag status this year, joining Scunthorpe’s Central Park, Kingsway Gardens and Woodlands Memorial Gardens along with Barton’s Baysgarth Park.
Recent projects include the opening of a sensory garden next to Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Sheffield Park and the ongoing development of a baby memorial garden in Central Park.
Work will also begin soon on an outdoor gym area in Baysgarth Park.
The award winners will be announced early in 2022.