Recognition for Calderdale parks in a year like no other

Calderdale parks have once again been recognised by the Green Flag Award scheme as some of the best in the world.

Ogden Water Autumn Colours

Eight parks in Calderdale have received the prestigious Green Flag Award, which is the mark of a quality park or green space.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Clay House Park in West Vale, Wellholme Park in Brighouse, and Manor Heath Park, People’s Park, and Ogden Water Country Park all in Halifax will once again fly the Green Flag. Bailiff Bridge Memorial Garden has retained the special Green Flag Community Award and Shibden Park has again been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Heritage Award.

This year has also seen a new addition on the list of Calderdale’s Green Flag holders, as the 24 acres of green space around Park Wood Crematorium has also received the accolade for the first time. The whole space, which is maintained by the Council’s bereavement service, is a memorial garden and has been described as a place of ‘reverence and tranquility’.