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First Green Flag for Philips Park Cemetery

Manchester doing well with green spaces

Published on August 3rd 2010.

First Green Flag for Philips Park Cemetery

Philips Park Cemetery has been awarded a Green Flag for the first time in its history.

Criteria for the green flag award, which are managed by environment charity Keep Britain Tidy, includes that the area must be welcoming, safe and well-maintained with a strong involvement from the local community.

It is one of 35 green flags, that Manchester’s parks and green spaces have won this year with 33 being awarded for parks and two for cemeteries. This is three more than last year and more than any other local authority in the UK for the fifth consecutive year.

Other parks to be newly awarded Green Flags this year are: Greenbank Park in Gorton, Hulme Park, Didsbury Park and Scotland Hall Road Park in Newton Heath.

The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces and is the highest accolade that can be granted in this area.

Philips Park Cemetery is only the second cemetery in Manchester to receive a green flag, following in Gorton Cemetery's footsteps, which was recognised for the first time last year.

In recent years a number of improvements have been made to the cemetery’s landscape, signage and information points as well as the walls, gates and fences at the entrance.

Community events have also been held to celebrate the history of the cemetery and to encourage involvement by local people including school visits, bulb planting, clean-ups and other volunteering events.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure said: “I’m absolutely delighted with this news. It's great for Philip's Park cemetery and all our other green spaces as well. A great deal of hard work has gone into ensuring we have yet again increased the city’s number of green flags and I’d like to thank staff and community groups for the commitment they have shown to ensure we’re still leading the way for parks and green spaces.”

Philips Park Cemetery opened in 1866 and covers 19 hectares. It contains a war memorial honouring those from the local area who were killed during the first and second world wars and it also has a very active and supportive friends group, who have helped achieve the cemetery’s high standard along with cemetery staff.

Criteria for the green flag award, which are managed by environment charity Keep Britain Tidy, includes that the area must be welcoming, safe and well-maintained with a strong involvement from the local community.

Other areas to have been granted green flags in the city are:

Clayton Vale, Philips Park in Ancoats and Clayton, St Michael’s Flags in Ancoats and Clayton, Cringle Park in Levenshulme, Openshaw Park, Debdale Park in Gorton, Gorton Cemetery, Crowcroft Park in Longsight and Greenbank Park in Gorton.

Central area:
St John’s Gardens in the city centre, Chorlton Park, Platt Fields Park in Rusholme, Ladybarn Park in Withington, Ardwick Green, Swinton Park in Ardwick, Manley Park in Whalley Range, Old Moat Park in Old Moat, Sackville Gardens in the city centre, Parsonage Gardens in the city centre, Hulme Park.

South area:
Wythenshawe Park, Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens in Didsbury, Culmere Park in Woodhouse Park, Baguley Park, Northenden Riverside Park, Painswick Park in Woodhouse Park, Didsbury Park and Chorlton Water Park

North area:
Broadhurst Park in New Moston, Crumpsall Park, Gaskell Street Park in Newton Heath, Boggart Hole Clough in Charlestown, Scotland Hall Road in Newton Heath and Heaton Park, which was also awarded the Heritage Green Flag.

Manchester’s parks and green spaces are a combination of Victorian parks, city centre gardens, nature reserves and cemeteries.The photograph was taken from inside plot-L, one of those which are consecratedfor Church of England burials. Copyright Geoff Royle and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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D KesslerAugust 3rd 2010.

What about Alexandra Park? Surely much nicer than Manley Park...

AnonymousAugust 3rd 2010.

Far too few green spaces in the City Centre.

The plans for First Street and surrounding area do look promising though.

HerbaceousAugust 4th 2010.

How the hell can Parsonage Gardens get a Green Flag? Did the judges even look at the riduculously planted central feature with its sad palm tree and scrubby purple god-knows-whats? Was the judging organised along the lines of a children's party with a prize for everyone?

mike15366August 4th 2010.

Anonymous - 'The plans for First Street and surrounding area do look promising though'

Where are these said plans? I looked on the first street website and it doesn't offer much......

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