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Gatley Carrs Wins Prestigious Green Flag Award

Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award, our fourth consecutive time and the only one to be awarded throughout Stockport Borough on this national scheme!

Here's the official news:


GATLEY CARRS LOCAL NATURE RESERVE is named as one of the best in Britain - and that's official!

More parks and green spaces than ever will be flying the Green Flag Award this year – more than 1,600 across the UK.

Gatley Carrs LNR in Gatley, Stockport is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

The greenspace is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Gatley Carrs is 19 acres of woodland, grassland and wildflower meadow and 4 acres of ponds and carr. Restored from a former landfill site it is rich in wildlife.and small piece of countryside for all to enjoy.

Peter Owen said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the fourth year from Keep Britain Tidy.

This Award recognises and highlights that people in Gatley are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.

This is an exceptional site providing an outstanding habitat for flora and fauna whilst being surrounded by modern transport systems and urban living. The area, which was filled with human refuse, has turned into a lovely little section of countryside, enticing new species into the area. The information boards provide a wealth of educational value to the visitors so does the identification labels on the majority of trees.“

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.

“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

We have a TEDDY BEARS PICNIC on Sunday August 7th 1300 to 1630 hours with a ’Sunday Stroll’ and presentation of the Green Flag.

We would love to see as many of you as possible to enjoy our afternoon and be a part of our success!

Green Flag Presentation

Presentation of the Green Flag Community Award certificate and banner to Peter Owen (GCCG Chairman) and John Pollard (Wildlife Officer) at the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of Green Flag held at Sheffield City Hall on July 19th. Presenters were lady mayor of Sheffield (left) and CE of D S Smith Ltd sponsors (right). Compere of the celebrations, David Guest of BBC Northwest, asked us what is a "Carr"!? So we told him "a swamp with willow and alder trees" - our unique habitat.

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