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Top Awards for South Tyneside Parks
Two South Tyneside parks can claim they are among the best in the UK after retaining prestigious awards.
South Marine Park and West Park in Jarrow both secured the coveted Green Flag awards this year.
The awards are given by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and are the mark of quality for parks and green spaces.
The international awards are a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: "We know how important our green spaces are for both residents and visitors alike.
"I would like to place on record my thanks to all those people - including staff and our Friends groups who do so much all year to keep our beautiful parks looking their very best.
"This week is Love Parks Week which is the perfect opportunity to showcase our beautiful green spaces and remind people of just how wonderful and important our parks are. With the summer holidays about to start this is the perfect time to get out and enjoy some quality time with the family in our beautiful parks."
The South Tyneside parks are two of a record-breaking 1,970 parks across the UK to meet the tough criteria demanded for the award.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: "Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement."