A WIRRAL park has hosted a prestigious ceremony in recognition of another successful year of good work by staff, volunteers and a Friends Group.
Birkenhead Park raised its Green Flag, as well as celebrating the retention of Green Heritage status, with help from the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor David Mitchell, and cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Councillor Chris Meaden.
Cllr Chris Meaden said: “Birkenhead Park is an internationally-renowned, historically significant public park, and we are very proud to have the work of Wirral Council’s parks and countryside service staff, volunteers and the Friends group recognised in this way.”
The Green Heritage accreditation earned once again by Birkenhead Park is in recognition of the park achieving the required standard in the management and interpretation of a site with local or national historic importance.
Birkenhead Park was officially opened on Easter Monday, 1847, the first public park funded through public subscription in the world.
It was the inspiration for Fredrick Law Olmstead’s vision for Central Park, New York. In April of this year, the CEO of Central Park, Doug Blonsky, visited Birkenhead Park as part of efforts to strengthen ties between the two historic green spaces.
The Birkenhead Park Rangers are continuing to inspire the Central Park staff, with the two parks developing a joint Forest Schools Programme.