Three of Preston’s parks have been recognised as some of the most important and historic urban parks in the country, with a Grade II* listing from English Heritage.
English Heritage decided to upgrade Moor Park and Avenham & Miller Parks from Grade II, after conducting a national review of 30 selected sites which recognised the heritage and historical importance of the three Preston Parks.
The parks are now on the register of parks and gardens of special historic interest in England.
Coun Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment said: “This really is a fantastic achievement.
“Preston now has three parks - Moor Park, Avenham & Miller Parks that are rated Grade II* and one Grade II listed at Haslam Park - recognised as nationally important on the historic parks register.
“This is great recognition of many years’ hard work and dedication in conserving and improving our parks, with the help of our partners.
“It also provides a superb acknowledgment of the Heritage Lottery Funds investment and support to date for the city of Preston and Preston’s parks”.
Father Timothy Lipscomb, Chairman of Avenham & Miller Parks friends group said: “I am delighted, it is brilliant, we owe a lot to the park staff and the manager Don (Ingham). They do a super job.”
English Heritage maintains a Register of Historic Parks and Gardens which identifies landscapes of national importance. It includes some 220 urban parks.
As with listed buildings, urban parks are divided between three grades: Grade I sites are of exceptional interest; Grade II* sites are particularly important, of more than special interest; Grade II sites are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them.