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Matlock Hall Leys park placed among world’s best with Green Flag award

Derbyshire Dales District Council's Matlock Hall Leys Park has been recognised as world class by the international Green Flag Award scheme for the 11th consecutive year. From left, council Clean & Green team members Paul Marsden, Scott Palmer, and area supervisor Ian Buxton.
Derbyshire Dales District Council's Matlock Hall Leys Park has been recognised as world class by the international Green Flag Award scheme for the 11th consecutive year. From left, council Clean & Green team members Paul Marsden, Scott Palmer, and area supervisor Ian Buxton.

Hall Leys Park in Matlock has been recognised as world class by the international Green Flag Award Scheme for the 11th consecutive year.

Owned and maintained by Derbyshire Dales District Council, the town centre park has received the award from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to coincide with the national Love Parks Week, July 13-22.

Councillor Jo Wild, chairman of the community and environment committee, said: “Hall Leys Park is undoubtedly one of the finest town centre parks and the jewel in Matlock’s crown. We are incredibly proud it has been chosen for Green Flag status again.

“Our superb Clean & Green team have done a tremendous job again in the past year, not just in Matlock but at more than 30 parks and gardens across the whole of the Derbyshire Dales.”

She added: “We recognise that keeping our towns and parks clean and green boosts the local economy, helping to attract nearly 5million visitors a year who spend more than £315 million in the Dales.”

The international Green Flag scheme, now in its 22nd year, is a sign to the public that a space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is well maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Hall Leys features riverside walks, a bowling green, boating lake, play area, miniature railway, skate park, tennis courts, and a multi-use games area opened only last year.

A total 1,883 flags have been awarded this year, up nearly 100 on the 2017 awards.

Scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to experience, and encourage the public to head outdoors, explore their area and find new spaces they can enjoy.”