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Sandwell has three of the country's top 10 open spaces

2012-11-21 00:44:10

Sandwell Valley country park

Sandwell council bosses are celebrating after three of the borough's green spaces have been listed in a nationwide 'people's choice' of their top 10 open spaces.

Warley Woods came second, Tipton Cemetery, seventh and Sandwell Valley Country Park nineth in the prestigious  People's Choice Award.
 
The poll was organised by Keep Britain Tidy's Green Flag Plus Partnership which gives out Green Flag status to the best open spaces in the country.
 
Sandwell Council deputy leader and chair of the Warley Woods Community Trust Councillor Steve Eling said: "This is a fantastic achievement and I am delighted for everyone concerned in the upkeep of our green spaces.
 
"I am delighted for the people at Warley Woods and this is a tremendous feather in the cap for all concerned as this is the second year running we have been in this spot.
 
"For Sandwell to have three green spaces in the nation's top 10 voted for by the public is tremendous," he added.
 
Councillor Ian Jones, Sandwell Council's cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said: "We are proud to have 12 Green Flags in Sandwell, and at least one in each of the six towns.
"This is credit to the work of everyone involved, including council staff, Friends groups, allotment holders and the wider public."

Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: "With more than 7,000 votes for the People's Choice  Award, it is fantastic to see how much people value their green spaces, recognising the richness they bring to their lives.
 
"There is a fantastic range of winning sites from university campuses to cemeteries, proving that there is not just traditional parks which provide places for people to relax and enjoy time out from the frantic pace of modern life."

Source: sandwell.gov.uk

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