Awards for Bradford's parks

Article dated Thursday Sep 14, 2017 at 03:17 PM

Parks in Bradford have come up smelling of roses in this year’s Britain in Bloom awards competition.

The highly acclaimed Lister Park in Manningham has been given a Gold Award, Keighley’s Cliffe Castle Park, Silver, Roberts Park in Saltaire, Silver Gilt, and Harold Park, Low Moor has won Platinum.

Judges heaped acres of praise on the Bradford Council-run parks, each with its own particular attractions.

Of Lister Park, the judges were particularly pleased with the way environmentally conscious staff cleaned the lake using natural barley straw, rather then chemicals.

In Cliffe Castle the judges anticipated even more delights for visitors when the Heritage Lottery Funded improvements are completed, but which already provides delightful green surroundings for the people of the area and beyond.

Judges visited Harold Park in Low Moor where they met volunteers and school pupils working to plant spring bulbs to bloom next year.

They were particularly impressed how Roberts Park in Saltaire had been restored with Lottery funding and how much work had taken place to help the area recover from the Boxing Day floods of 2015.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “This is great news for our award-winning parks and shows how hard work and co-operation can earn rewards.

“I would like to thank our staff as well as the many enthusiastic and committed volunteers whose contribution is greatly appreciated by both the Council and the users of the district’s parks.

“Our parks provide a wonderful resource for the people of the district and these awards show how keen we are to keep them in tip-top condition.”

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