National awards for five Chorley parks

PROUD: Coun Bev Murray, right, with volunteers and supporters at Coronation Rec
PROUD: Coun Bev Murray, right, with volunteers and supporters at Coronation Rec
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Green flags are flying high over Chorley as its parks and recreation grounds have again won national recognition for their quality and standards.

Astley Park, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Withnell Local Nature Reserve and Tatton Recreation Ground can all continue to fly the flags after once again meeting the tough standards put in place in the Green Flag Awards for parks and green spaces.

Coronation Rec has also been awarded a flag having won the award at its first attempt.

Coun Bev Murray, who looks after the parks and open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that our parks have won the recognition they deserve,.

“This is a great achievement and is testament to the hard work and dedication from all our staff and the community groups and volunteers who do so much to help and support us.”

Yarrow Valley Country Park has won the Green Flag for the 10th consecutive year, Withnell and Tatton for the seventh and Astley Park for the fourth.

Major improvements are also planned for Coronation Rec following consultations with residents.

Work will be completed on the toilets as well as a provision for a new cafe and astro turf pitch. A Friends of Coronation Recreation Ground has also been set up.

The group will liaise with Chorley Council to help ensure the park is maintained and improved.

To join the group, people can attend the next meeting on Wednesday, September 9, at St Mary’s Club on Devonshire Road at 6.30pm. For more information, call 01257 515151.