Green flags will be flying at Kings Norton Cemetery and Sutton Coldfield Crematorium after both sites were recognised as being among the best in the UK.
The Green Flag Awards, run by Keep Britain Tidy, are regarded as a benchmark of a quality park or green space which is welcoming, clean, well-maintained, safe and secure. It also signifies that a site is managed sustainably with particular attention paid to conservation.
Significant work has been carried out at both sites, including improved signage and initiatives such as the Christmas Memorial Tree at the cemetery, where people can place cards in memory of loved ones buried there.
Judges visited the crematorium on May 14 and the cemetery on May 22, assessing them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
Cllr Tahir Ali, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy, said: “A great deal of effort and resource has gone into this quality enhancing initiative and I am delighted that these efforts have been recognised with such a prestigious national award.
“As a result of this work, the council has been able to provide an enhanced service at both Kings Norton Cemetery and Sutton Coldfield Crematorium for people using these facilities.”
Additionally, Green Flag status has also been awarded to Eastside Park, Perry Hall Playing Fields and Victoria Common, while 11 other Birmingham City Council parks have retained their Green Flag status.
Notes to Editors
In addition to Kings Norton Cemetery and Sutton Coldfield Cemetery, a total of 14 Birmingham parks now have the coveted Green Flag status:
- Aston Park
- Cannon Hill Park
- Castle Vale Centre Park
- Cotteridge Park
- Eastside Park
- Handsworth Park
- Kings Heath Park
- Lickey Hills Country Park
- Newhall Valley Country Park
- Perry Hall Playing Fields
- Selly Oak Park
- Sunset and Moonlit Park
- Victoria Common
- Ward End Park
The Green Flag Awards scheme is run by Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, and the National Housing Federation.
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For general Green Flag Awards media enquiries, please contact Keep Britain Tidy press officer Helen Bingham on 01942 612617 or email email@example.com.