Green flag award for Wetherby scheme

Wetherby’s Friends of Sandringham Park have won a prestigious Green Flag award for Sandringham Park - giving it national recognition.

The community group were awarded the prestigious Green Flag Community Award for 2012/2013 for the park near to the Sandbeck Estate in the centre of Wetherby.

Kazia Knight, chairman of Friends of Sandringham Park group, said: “This is a very prestigious award which is quite difficult to get, with eight different criteria to meet.”

“This is the first Green Flag award that Wetherby has won and the nearest park to us last year was Roundhay Park, so it is very prestigious. Wetherby should be proud to win such a huge award.”

The Green Flag Awards recognise and reward the best parks in the country and is run by environmental charities Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace.

Friends of Sandringham Park, which was set up in February 2011, was set up to try and reduce the number of anti-social behaviour incidents in the area.

Kazia added that Wetherby Town Council and Leeds City Council had also helped achieve the award for Wetherby.