Silloth Green flies the flag as one of the country’s best parks
In a record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award, as the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, Silloth Green is one of 2127 celebrating success today.
The Green Flag Award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.
After 18 months that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that Silloth Green has achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that make the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.
Councillor Mark Orchard, Mayor of Silloth said:
“Once again, we are proud to announce that Silloth-on-Solway has been awarded the Green Flag. This is the ninth consecutive year we have achieved this prestigious award and as a council are very proud.
Lead by our very own grounds maintenance team alongside the many volunteers that work tirelessly week in week out, together we have yet again maintained the high standard required to achieve the Green Flag Award.
To do this in a normal year is a great achievement but during the many lockdown months we have endured this is something special indeed.
We have had a huge increase in visitors this summer and this is testament to all and shows that we have made our hometown what it is. Our large manicured open spaces and seasonal floral displays along with our community garden and more to enjoy, really keep Silloth-on-Solway well and truly on the map.
Thank you to everyone who has helped achieve this yet again for Silloth. Every little helps in our community and this shows what a fantastic little town we have.”
Silloth Green joins parks and green spaces as diverse as the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Woodhouse Park in Peterlee and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London. Silloth Green is the only park in Allerdale to be awarded a Green Flag Award and joins only three other green spaces awarded recognition in the whole of Cumbria.
Silloth Green is one of the largest village greens in the North of England. It boasts spectacular views over the Solway Firth to Criffel and the Caerlaverock Hills in the North, and the Lake District to the South. The Green forms a green link between Silloth’s grand Victorian townscape and the sea front promenade, for many years attracting visitors seeking fresh sea air and recreational facilities.
After extensive refurbishment work, Silloth Green now boasts a modern Water Splash play area, a woodland adventure play area, a BMX track & Fairy Trail. There’s also a Pirate Ship Play Area, next to the Water Splash Park, for children aged 0-5 years. Another popular attraction is the ‘Big Fella’ sculpture created by artist Ray Lonsdale and gifted to the town by a local resident to make people smile. Beautiful oak picnic tables and benches are to be found in various locations, with accessible footpaths linking the various features. Along Criffel Street, some Victorian style lighting was installed, in-keeping with the heritage of the town. The Edwardian ladies’ toilets built in 1910 and the spectacular Victorian pagoda overlooking the sea were also sympathetically refurbished.
New in 2020, was the addition of nine recycled plastic picnic tables and additional bins along Criffel Street, kindly funded by Allerdale Borough Council which have proved really popular and were sited there to support our local businesses as they came out of the covid lockdown. Another ten picnic tables will be installed next Spring which have been funded through the ERDF “Welcome Back Fund”.
The Community Garden, situated on the corner of Criffel Street and Lawn Terrace was opened in May 2014 and is cared for by the volunteers of the Friends of Silloth Green. It provides a vibrant entrance to Silloth Green and a pleasant place to sit and watch the world go by. Some new raised beds have been built this year which were funded with grants from Cumbria County Council, Robin Rigg Community Fund and various other sources. The beds will enable people of all ages and abilities to participate in gardening on the Green. They were planted this year with a range of edible and sensory plants including fruit, flowers, herbs and vegetables, with the produce donated to the Silloth Community Hub.
The Heritage Rose and Bee Garden is situated closer to the sea, with a bee hotel in the middle of a striking display of rose bushes, plants and shrubs which have created a haven for the local bee and butterfly population, again cared for by dedicated volunteers.
Prior to the covid pandemic regular events were held on Silloth Green including Silloth Green Day, Silloth Pride, Silloth Vintage Rally, Soul on the Green, Silloth Carnival and the popular Silloth Music & Beer Festival. This year saw the return of the Soul on the Green event and a Mega Carnival Weekend which provided some welcome entertainment after numerous lockdowns. There are new events being planned for 2022.
Commenting on Silloth Green’s success, Councillor Bill Jefferson O.B.E., who is Chair of the Silloth Parks Committee added:
“I am delighted we have made Green Flag status for our unique selling point which is Silloth Green for a ninth successive year. Most of this is down to the efforts of Silloth itself, its residents, its volunteers, its Council and its Town Clerk. The Parks Committee has specific responsibility for briefing and planning the Inspector’s visits and we are already looking forward to making our record ten in a row. Well done to all.”
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Silloth Green worthy of a Green Flag Award.”
“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that Silloth Green has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available here.