PARK FIELDS in Parkgate has been recognised as being up with the very best community green spaces in the world.

The green space is among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces in England to have received Green Flag Community Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This Green Flag Award Scheme international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Park FieldS, which obtained the top band of marks following a judge’s visit in May, can be accessed via the small car park off Station Road (B5135) next to Wirral Way Country Park.

Brian Elias, chairman of the Friends of Park Fields, the volunteer organisation which manages the site along with Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Community Green Flag Award for the seventh successive year.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and to visitors and this award acknowledges and celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Park Fields to such a high standard.”

The Friends of Park Fields, who manage the 42-acre site, have thanked the team of volunteers who help to manage the high standard of the area on the Cheshire/Wirral border.

One volunteer in particular is out in all weathers ensuring that pathways, areas around noticeboards and benches are kept in good condition so that all who walk on the Cowfield can enjoy the facilities.

Park Fields has also received the much coveted additional Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the management of its historic features.

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, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

“We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy and hope that next year we award even more flags.”