Scarborough’s Peasholm Park has been ranked as one of the best parks in the country after being awarded a prestigious Green Flag for the first time.
It joins the town’s Falsgrave Park, which has retained the national award since 2003.
The accolade, awarded by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the UK.
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Peasholm Park, which celebrated its centenary last year, has been awarded its first ever flag following rigorous scrutiny by judges from Leicester and York in May.
Linda Harper, chairman of Peasholm Park Friends, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive the Green Flag Award for the first time and following the park’s inclusion on TripAdvisor’s top 10 list of UK parks, this is the icing on the cake.
“It shows what a well-loved park Peasholm really is. All the staff from Scarborough Council and the good volunteers that help with the park’s events and activities deserve a pat on the back and a huge thank you.”
Falsgrave Park was the borough’s first green space to be entered into the award scheme back in 2003 and it has hung onto it every year since then,
Dorothy Russell, chairman of the Friends of Falsgrave Park, said: “We are over the moon to get a Green Flag for the park for the eleventh year running and we’d like to say thank you to the staff at Scarborough Council and all the volunteers who have made the park so successful.”
Cllr David Chance, Scarborough Council’s cabinet member for tourism and culture, added: “It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the friends groups and other volunteers working closely with our own parks department that we are able to achieve such high standards. Not only are the parks treasured by local residents, they also play an important part in helping to attract many thousands of visitors to Scarborough throughout the year.”