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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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The Peak Forest Canal and Macclesfield Canal in Cheshire have been awarded Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality green space.
The seven mile length of the Peak Forest Canal is one of 239 parks and green spaces across the North West who today are proudly flying a Green Flag Award, after being judged to be some of the best in the country. It joins 26 miles of The Macclesfield Canal that has been awarded the Green Flag award for the second year running after it became the first ever canal to be awarded the prestigious accolade last year.
Both canals are managed by the Trust – the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.
Walter Menzies, chair of the Manchester & Pennine waterway partnership, said: “We’re delighted that both the Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canals have been awarded with Green Flags.
“They are wonderful outdoor green spaces for all the family to enjoy and it’s great that they are being recognised alongside the likes of Hyde Park in London. It is a testament to the huge amount of work that everyone puts into looking after them, whether that is our teams, the people living or working along the waterway or our hundreds of volunteers. The awards also set new standards of excellence for our entire canal network.”
In total, 1686 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens in the UK have met the high standard needed to receive the Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award. The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green-space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including environmental standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
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.”
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018