Six parks in the Bradford district win Green Flag awards

Six parks in the Bradford district win Green Flag awards

The St Ives Estate

Harold Park

The official opening of the refurbished Roberts Park in Saltaire

Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park

TEAM EFFORT: Gardeners Kevin Robinson and George Rothery with Park Ranger, Ian Dobson, at Lister Park with the Green Flag Award for the park

WINNERS: Gardeners Kevin Robinson and George Rothery with Park Ranger, Ian Dobson, at Lister Park with the Green Flag Award for the park

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SIX parks in the Bradford district have retained their prestigious Green Flag awards - a benchmark for the best parks and green spaces in the country.

They have been awarded to Lister Park in Manningham, Peel Park in Bolton, Roberts Park in Saltaire, Harold Park in Low Moor, St Ives Estate in Bingley and Central Park in Haworth.

In addition Ilkley's Millennium Green has been presented with a Green Flag community award for the third time.

Across the wider district a further six parks have been successful in holding on to the award for another year. These are Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park, Ogden Water Country Park and Wellholme Park in Brighouse, as well as Otley Chevin Country Park and Pudsey Park and Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall.

A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Bradford's Lister Park has now won the award for 13 consecutive years, while Oakwell Hall and Ogden Water are both celebrating a tenth year of success.

Cllr Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s Executive member for Environment and Sport, said: "This result is terrific news.

"Congratulations go to the hard-working staff who look after our great parks throughout the year, as well as the wonderful volunteer groups of ‘friends’ who contribute so much to them.

"We are lucky to have such wonderful parks in our district and they are ideal places to spend time with family and friends.

"There are some fantastic events planned in our parks over the summer for everyone to enjoy.”

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, Councillor Steve Sweeney, said they were delighted with their success.

“This award recognises and highlights that people across the borough are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality, and reflects the hard work of Council staff.”

The Green Flag Award scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government. A record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces have won an award in this year's round.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

Flag raising ceremonies are now expected to take place at the winning parks across the district.

Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups.

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7:11am Tue 29 Jul 14

Albion. says...

"A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities."

It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag.
"A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities." It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag. Albion.
  • Score: -4

7:20am Tue 29 Jul 14

BCFC1911 says...

How is removing the gypos from Wibsey coming along?
How is removing the gypos from Wibsey coming along? BCFC1911
  • Score: 9

8:02am Tue 29 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Albion. wrote:
"A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities."

It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag.
I've got two children under the age of 4 so I go to all of these parks regularly. I've yet to see a single incident at any of them. Credit where credit's due, Bradford has still got some excellent parks, especially Lister Park.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities." It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag.[/p][/quote]I've got two children under the age of 4 so I go to all of these parks regularly. I've yet to see a single incident at any of them. Credit where credit's due, Bradford has still got some excellent parks, especially Lister Park. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 30

8:09am Tue 29 Jul 14

angry bradfordian says...

I'm not sure St Ives will keep it's flag when they shut down the toilets to save a few thousand pounds.

At least the money saved will allow Dave Green to afford a few more new flags to fly above City Hall.........
I'm not sure St Ives will keep it's flag when they shut down the toilets to save a few thousand pounds. At least the money saved will allow Dave Green to afford a few more new flags to fly above City Hall......... angry bradfordian
  • Score: 7

9:11am Tue 29 Jul 14

cheeky1 says...

Yeah, what's happening with the travelers in Wibsey Park? I take my dog for a walk there everyday and I am unable to use the field for his exercise or end our walk home coming up the nature trail. This is because some are parked by there! And is very intimidating for a woman alone early morning!
Plus they are in the middle of the football field where the kids play! And there are no toilets in the park!
Yeah, what's happening with the travelers in Wibsey Park? I take my dog for a walk there everyday and I am unable to use the field for his exercise or end our walk home coming up the nature trail. This is because some are parked by there! And is very intimidating for a woman alone early morning! Plus they are in the middle of the football field where the kids play! And there are no toilets in the park! cheeky1
  • Score: 12

10:58am Tue 29 Jul 14

Albion. says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Albion. wrote:
"A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities."

It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag.
I've got two children under the age of 4 so I go to all of these parks regularly. I've yet to see a single incident at any of them. Credit where credit's due, Bradford has still got some excellent parks, especially Lister Park.
It certainly has got some excellent parks but over the years we have read of incidents and the presence of undesirables and I do know of some from persons involved. If a park is beautiful but going in it involves some risk or the fear of same, it tends to put some people off using it.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities." It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag.[/p][/quote]I've got two children under the age of 4 so I go to all of these parks regularly. I've yet to see a single incident at any of them. Credit where credit's due, Bradford has still got some excellent parks, especially Lister Park.[/p][/quote]It certainly has got some excellent parks but over the years we have read of incidents and the presence of undesirables and I do know of some from persons involved. If a park is beautiful but going in it involves some risk or the fear of same, it tends to put some people off using it. Albion.
  • Score: 2

12:09pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Outraged Of Saltaire says...

Its a pity the green open space at the bottom of Exhibition Road in the Saltaire Conservation Area was not afforded the same level of respect by Bradford Council and Shipley College. Demolition of the green houses started today, a sad loos of green space in this otherwise high density built up area.
Its a pity the green open space at the bottom of Exhibition Road in the Saltaire Conservation Area was not afforded the same level of respect by Bradford Council and Shipley College. Demolition of the green houses started today, a sad loos of green space in this otherwise high density built up area. Outraged Of Saltaire
  • Score: 8

12:14pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Outraged Of Saltaire wrote:
Its a pity the green open space at the bottom of Exhibition Road in the Saltaire Conservation Area was not afforded the same level of respect by Bradford Council and Shipley College. Demolition of the green houses started today, a sad loos of green space in this otherwise high density built up area.
there's a massive park a few hundred yards away!
[quote][p][bold]Outraged Of Saltaire[/bold] wrote: Its a pity the green open space at the bottom of Exhibition Road in the Saltaire Conservation Area was not afforded the same level of respect by Bradford Council and Shipley College. Demolition of the green houses started today, a sad loos of green space in this otherwise high density built up area.[/p][/quote]there's a massive park a few hundred yards away! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 8

12:15pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Outraged Of Saltaire wrote:
Its a pity the green open space at the bottom of Exhibition Road in the Saltaire Conservation Area was not afforded the same level of respect by Bradford Council and Shipley College. Demolition of the green houses started today, a sad loos of green space in this otherwise high density built up area.
there's a massive park a few hundred yards away!
With Green Flag status, might I add :)
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outraged Of Saltaire[/bold] wrote: Its a pity the green open space at the bottom of Exhibition Road in the Saltaire Conservation Area was not afforded the same level of respect by Bradford Council and Shipley College. Demolition of the green houses started today, a sad loos of green space in this otherwise high density built up area.[/p][/quote]there's a massive park a few hundred yards away![/p][/quote]With Green Flag status, might I add :) Bone_idle18
  • Score: 6

12:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Albion. wrote:
"A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities."

It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag.
I've got two children under the age of 4 so I go to all of these parks regularly. I've yet to see a single incident at any of them. Credit where credit's due, Bradford has still got some excellent parks, especially Lister Park.
I regularly go round Lister Park as it's closest to me and find everyone I speak to or meet pleasant and friendly. When I first moved in, I'd never been before and was amazed that there are the geological and Mughal gardens, both of which are brilliant.

St Ives is also a firm favourite and is a brilliant walk with lots of different routes and hidden gems.

Well done, Bradford, for creating and maintaining such wonderful places.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities." It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag.[/p][/quote]I've got two children under the age of 4 so I go to all of these parks regularly. I've yet to see a single incident at any of them. Credit where credit's due, Bradford has still got some excellent parks, especially Lister Park.[/p][/quote]I regularly go round Lister Park as it's closest to me and find everyone I speak to or meet pleasant and friendly. When I first moved in, I'd never been before and was amazed that there are the geological and Mughal gardens, both of which are brilliant. St Ives is also a firm favourite and is a brilliant walk with lots of different routes and hidden gems. Well done, Bradford, for creating and maintaining such wonderful places. JAtkinson
  • Score: 12

12:57pm Tue 29 Jul 14

rainbow29 says...

That is NOT a picture of Harold Park!!!!!!!!!
That is NOT a picture of Harold Park!!!!!!!!! rainbow29
  • Score: 5

1:33pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Outraged Of Saltaire says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Outraged Of Saltaire wrote:
Its a pity the green open space at the bottom of Exhibition Road in the Saltaire Conservation Area was not afforded the same level of respect by Bradford Council and Shipley College. Demolition of the green houses started today, a sad loos of green space in this otherwise high density built up area.
there's a massive park a few hundred yards away!
There is a park several hundred yards away on the north banks of the River Aire, this is correct, there are few open spaces in the actual Village of Saltaire and soon there will be even less
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outraged Of Saltaire[/bold] wrote: Its a pity the green open space at the bottom of Exhibition Road in the Saltaire Conservation Area was not afforded the same level of respect by Bradford Council and Shipley College. Demolition of the green houses started today, a sad loos of green space in this otherwise high density built up area.[/p][/quote]there's a massive park a few hundred yards away![/p][/quote]There is a park several hundred yards away on the north banks of the River Aire, this is correct, there are few open spaces in the actual Village of Saltaire and soon there will be even less Outraged Of Saltaire
  • Score: 8

1:55pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Albion. wrote:
"A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities."

It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag.
I've got two children under the age of 4 so I go to all of these parks regularly. I've yet to see a single incident at any of them. Credit where credit's due, Bradford has still got some excellent parks, especially Lister Park.
You do realise the majority of visitors to Lister Park are 'Moozlims'.

You know, the people you hate so much.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities." It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag.[/p][/quote]I've got two children under the age of 4 so I go to all of these parks regularly. I've yet to see a single incident at any of them. Credit where credit's due, Bradford has still got some excellent parks, especially Lister Park.[/p][/quote]You do realise the majority of visitors to Lister Park are 'Moozlims'. You know, the people you hate so much. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 4

2:08pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Farsley Bantam wrote:
Albion. wrote:
"A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities."

It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag.
I've got two children under the age of 4 so I go to all of these parks regularly. I've yet to see a single incident at any of them. Credit where credit's due, Bradford has still got some excellent parks, especially Lister Park.
You do realise the majority of visitors to Lister Park are 'Moozlims'.

You know, the people you hate so much.
How many times does this need explaining. I don't have a problem with Muslims. I'm quite happy to play in a park with my kids where I am often the only white person and in all liklihood the only non Muslim.
The problem I have is with Islam the organisation and it's teachings.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "A Green Flag flying is a sign to visitors that the park boasts the highest standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities." It ignores the many serious incidents in some of these parks or the behaviour of some visitors. I doubt if many local people would be attracted by the green flag.[/p][/quote]I've got two children under the age of 4 so I go to all of these parks regularly. I've yet to see a single incident at any of them. Credit where credit's due, Bradford has still got some excellent parks, especially Lister Park.[/p][/quote]You do realise the majority of visitors to Lister Park are 'Moozlims'. You know, the people you hate so much.[/p][/quote]How many times does this need explaining. I don't have a problem with Muslims. I'm quite happy to play in a park with my kids where I am often the only white person and in all liklihood the only non Muslim. The problem I have is with Islam the organisation and it's teachings. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 5

4:48pm Tue 29 Jul 14

bradford88 says...

Albion grow some nuts and stop complaining thats all you do, I think you need to get out the house more without being afraid of everything, I tell you what i will take you to all the parks in bradford and i will be your bodyguard for the day how does that sound?
Albion grow some nuts and stop complaining thats all you do, I think you need to get out the house more without being afraid of everything, I tell you what i will take you to all the parks in bradford and i will be your bodyguard for the day how does that sound? bradford88
  • Score: -1

5:27pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Albion. says...

bradford88 wrote:
Albion grow some nuts and stop complaining thats all you do, I think you need to get out the house more without being afraid of everything, I tell you what i will take you to all the parks in bradford and i will be your bodyguard for the day how does that sound?
I visit some parks frequently, I was just reminding people of the many incidents that have been featured in this newspaper over recent years (doubtless anyone with a mind to can find something on them in the archives). You of course have ignored the topic and simply trolled my post. The green flag rating is a reasonable idea but it doesn't always paint a complete picture.
If you have a dislike of my posts why not just ignore them or thumb them down as you pass by? Makes no odds to me.
[quote][p][bold]bradford88[/bold] wrote: Albion grow some nuts and stop complaining thats all you do, I think you need to get out the house more without being afraid of everything, I tell you what i will take you to all the parks in bradford and i will be your bodyguard for the day how does that sound?[/p][/quote]I visit some parks frequently, I was just reminding people of the many incidents that have been featured in this newspaper over recent years (doubtless anyone with a mind to can find something on them in the archives). You of course have ignored the topic and simply trolled my post. The green flag rating is a reasonable idea but it doesn't always paint a complete picture. If you have a dislike of my posts why not just ignore them or thumb them down as you pass by? Makes no odds to me. Albion.
  • Score: 0

6:36pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Ryo says...

Harold Park used to be much better than it is now. It had tennis courts, putting/bowling green and the large lake was stocked with carp. I very rarley see anyone fish it now as it's been turned into a nature reserve for ducks.
Harold Park used to be much better than it is now. It had tennis courts, putting/bowling green and the large lake was stocked with carp. I very rarley see anyone fish it now as it's been turned into a nature reserve for ducks. Ryo
  • Score: 1

7:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

micela22 says...

Horton Bank Top Country Park used to be lovely & comparable on a much smaller scale to Ogden Water, now it`s frequented by dealers sat in their cars, dumped builders rubbish or car tyres & no-one clears waste around the water, what was a gem is becoming blighted for what could be minimal investment to keep it clean/manage it: ie encourage the introduction of a voluntary group
Horton Bank Top Country Park used to be lovely & comparable on a much smaller scale to Ogden Water, now it`s frequented by dealers sat in their cars, dumped builders rubbish or car tyres & no-one clears waste around the water, what was a gem is becoming blighted for what could be minimal investment to keep it clean/manage it: ie encourage the introduction of a voluntary group micela22
  • Score: 3

9:25pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Bradford56 says...

Lister Park is beautiful and I thoroughly enjoy time in this park. I've never come across any problems in the past 10 years since I moved to Heaton. Just saying...
Lister Park is beautiful and I thoroughly enjoy time in this park. I've never come across any problems in the past 10 years since I moved to Heaton. Just saying... Bradford56
  • Score: 0

5:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ohgreat3 says...

As an ex bowler, every time I go into Lister Park (admittedly a fine and well maintained park) .......there are always children and adults playing football or cricket or tennis on the bowling green. It upsets me because it damages the green and shows no regard to the bowlers who use it. I've even seen adults with children pressing cricket stumps into the green and proceed with their game. There are tarmacked areas and goals for football and the rest of the park for playing cricket. Rant over.
As an ex bowler, every time I go into Lister Park (admittedly a fine and well maintained park) .......there are always children and adults playing football or cricket or tennis on the bowling green. It upsets me because it damages the green and shows no regard to the bowlers who use it. I've even seen adults with children pressing cricket stumps into the green and proceed with their game. There are tarmacked areas and goals for football and the rest of the park for playing cricket. Rant over. ohgreat3
  • Score: 2

6:52pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Roadkilluk says...

I see Bowling Park doesn't get a mention, and rightly so, the place has been stripped of any foliage, there are no decorative vegetation at all.
I see Bowling Park doesn't get a mention, and rightly so, the place has been stripped of any foliage, there are no decorative vegetation at all. Roadkilluk
  • Score: 0

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