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Green Flag clean sweep for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough's much-loved parks and green spaces have been recognised yet again as among the best in the land.

Albert Park, Stewart Park, Pallister Park, Thorntree Park, Hemlington Lake, Fairy Dell and Linthorpe Cemetery have achieved a clean sweep in the 2019 Green Flag Awards.

They're among 62 in the North East and a record-breaking 1,970 parks and green spaces across the UK allowed to fly the prestigious Green Flag.

The international award - now in its third decade - is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Councillor Dennis McCabe, Middlesbrough Council's Executive Member for Environment, said: "We know how much our parks and green spaces mean to local communities and visitors, and these Green Flags are independent recognition of just how good they are.

"They're a fitting tribute to the tireless year-round efforts of Council workers and local residents that ensure they are maintained to such a consistently high standard."

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: "It's fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.

"Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.