Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has awarded Matlock's jewel in the crown - managed and maintained by Derbyshire Dales District Council - a prestigious Green Flag for a 13th consecutive year.
Along with parks and green spaces across the country, today the town centre park is raising its Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by 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.
Chairman of the District Council's Community & Environment Committee, Councillor Chris Furness said:
"This is a phenomenal achievement by our staff and a credit to the Clean & Green Team's work throughout the 30 parks and gardens we maintain across the Derbyshire Dales.
"Hall Leys Park has continued to look absolutely fantastic, even in challenging Covid times, and I know it was a haven for many during the early lockdown.
"But it isn't just about Hall Leys. As a council we are determined to get similar recognition for other parks and gardens we operate, not least the fabulous Bath Gardens in Bakewell and Ashbourne Recreation Ground, where important upgrades are starting to happen."
Commenting on Hall Leys Park's success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said:
“This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.
“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Hall Leys Park has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”