Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Did It! Park Earns Back Green Flag Status ; Area Stripped of Award Due to Litter loutsBut Community Rallies Round to Fix Problems

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Did It! Park Earns Back Green Flag Status ; Area Stripped of Award Due to Litter loutsBut Community Rallies Round to Fix Problems

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AN inner-city park plagued by litter louts that lost its prestigious 'green flag' status has bounced back to reclaim the award - thanks to the hard work of local volunteers.

Gorton Park has been put back on the national green flag register - a list of the country's best-kept green spaces - after judges took it away in 2012.

Delighted volunteers from the Friends of Gorton Park group were on-hand to receive the award from Paul Griffiths, the High Sheriff of Manchester - the Queen's representative in the region.

Kids from nearby All Saints Primary school, on Bell Vue Street, who help the group maintain the park, were also present.

Friends of Gorton Park, founded by local resident Gloria Barnwell 10 years ago, first applied to the Environment Agency for the award in 2011.

They were successful - but the group was then left devastated when judges decided to revoke the Green Flag last year.

But, after Gloria and others rallied round to pick up litter and plant hundreds of flowers - the friends have won the flag back. …

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