Bollington named again as one of England’s top parks
Recreation Ground is once again officially one of the best parks
in the country. The Adlington
space has been awarded, in 2014, Green Flag status after a rigorous
inspection by judges from the Keep Britain Tidy group. This is
the seventh year in succession that the Recreation Ground has achieved
this meritorious award!
Macclesfield Borough Council (MBC) invested £150,000 in the Adlington
Road facility in 2007/08, with resurfaced tennis courts, fencing
around the bowling green, new seating, bins, signs, access, boundary
fencing, restoring the existing gates, a new bridge over the river
Dean, enhancing the woodland areas with wood carvings, and introducing
more planting schemes in the eight-acre park.
Since then the Friends of the Rec have been very
active in developing the ground and assisting the borough staff
in keeping it clean and tidy and well planted. All this hard work
has now paid off year after year! Congratulations and thanks
must go to Carol Barnes, who has continued in her chairmanship
and kept the Friends together
for another succesful year.
John Kershaw, Chairman of 'Friends of
the Rec', centre, receiving the flag from David Rutley
CEC Cllr Matthew Davies, David Rutley
MP, CEC Cllr Harold
Davenport, Chairman of the Friends John
Kershaw, CEC Grounds Maintenance staff, Alderman Mrs Sylvia
Roberts, BTC Mayor Cllr Angela Williams, CEC Cllr Andrew
Inspectors toured the facility accompanied
by CEC staff, and met the volunteers who make up an enthusiastic Friends
of Bollington Recreation Ground and representatives from
Bollington Cricket Club, one of the main users of the “Rec”.
Each award is for just one year. Maintaining the standard from
year to year is the hard part. A major effort goes into keeping
the Rec up to the standard in order to keep winning Green Flag
status year after year.
The Green Flag scheme is managed by the Keep Britain Tidy
group. The group’s aim is to inspire and promote progressive improvements
in the quality of urban life for everyone, and the Green Flag Awards
are a key part of that objective. The awards scheme started in
1996 and winners must apply each year to renew their status.