Hall Leys officially on list of top parks

Green Fingers: Adam Brookhouse, John Collick, Steve Lynam and Robert Falconer of the Hall Leys Park gardening team celebrate their Green Flag award.
Green Fingers: Adam Brookhouse, John Collick, Steve Lynam and Robert Falconer of the Hall Leys Park gardening team celebrate their Green Flag award.
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Matlock’s Hall Leys Park has been given a boost in its centenary year – after officially being named as one of the best green spaces in the country.

The town’s crowning glory was awarded its fourth consecutive Green Flag on Monday.

The accolade recognises and rewards the best parks in the country and Hall Leys Park stood out after impressing the judges as a high quality green space with excellent facilities, well-maintained and well-managed by Derbyshire Dales District Council.

District council chairman and deputy leader Geoff Stevens said: “Only last month we celebrated the centenary of the Hall Leys Park and it is a tribute to district council parks staff that this fabulous facility in the heart of Matlock just gets better and better.

“The district council knows how much importance local people attach to us keeping the Dales clean and green – that’s why out parks and streets teams work so hard throughout the year to make sure facilities such as the Hall Leys are maintained to a high standard and enjoyed both by local people and visitors to the Dales.”

Phil Barton, Green Flag Plus Partnership chairman added: “The Green Flag Award Scheme, and its growth, is essential in driving up the standards of our parks and green spaces. Access to quality green space is something we all desire and the scheme plays a key role in providing it.”

Award-winning sites now have the chance to receive a further award from the Green Flag Plus Partnership.

This award is voted for by the public, so to see Hall Leys Park receive a national accolade as the people’s choice, then visit the Green Flag Award website to register your vote.

A list of events scheduled to mark the park’s centenary can be found at www.HallLeys100.co.uk.

* See page 17 for our Pictures in the Park competition. To mark Hall Leys Park’s 100th birthday we want to see your pictures of the park in all its glory.