The Green Flag award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.
Both parks are managed and maintained by your District Council, and while Bath Gardens will be flying the flag for the first time, Hall Leys is an award winner for a 14th consecutive year.
District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:
“I made it clear on becoming Leader that while we continue to be proud of Hall Leys Park’s achievements, we needed to win the same recognition for other parks – and we own and maintain more than 30.
“So this year’s award for Bath Gardens is, I hope, only the start and I want to put on record my thanks to our fantastic Clean & Green Teams who do such a great job throughout the year.
“Next on our radar is Ashbourne Recreation Ground, where significant improvements continue to take place and where, with the help of our excellent teams, we are aiming for an award in 2023.”
The past 18 months have seen parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as places to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.
After surveying Bath Gardens the judges wrote:
"Thank you for a delightful judging experience to a little jewel of a site in a busy town. The commitment of the whole team, the councillor, park managers, Community Development staff and the gardeners, John and Arthur, is why the site is able to carry on being the oasis of horticultural excellence that local people and visitors can enjoy."Commenting on the news that the Dales parks have achieved the Green Flag Award standard, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said:
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making these parks worthy of a Green Flag Award.
“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management, supporting people to live healthy lives.”The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.