Kirkstall Abbey and Pudsey Park given the thumbs up with top award

Pudsey Park will host one event. Photo: John Baron/

Kirkstall Abbey and Pudsey Park have once again won a prestigious Green Flag Award, writes Keely Bannister. 

The Green Flag Award scheme, now in its 22nd year, “recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces” as well as “setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world”.

Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

Ruins: Kirkstall Abbey. Photo: MARK STEVENSON

The two West Leeds Parks are joined by five other Leeds parks and greenspaces – Otley Chevin, Golden Acre Park, Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam estate and Middleton Park – as winners of the award.

Meanwhile, there’s still time to vote Armley & Gotts Park as the best in the UK.

Louise Megson, an Armley Good Stuffer, recently shared with The Dispatch why she will be casting her vote for Armley & Gotts Park:

“Armley and Gotts Park is a space that has something for everyone: woodland trails, wide open spaces for the dogs to run and a link to the river and canal waterways. 

“It has been lovely to watch how the community have started to cherish the space bringing in the edible fruit and veg in our newly designed rose garden. 

“The golf course cafe is good for Sunday lunch and community groups. 

“Down at the park we have great events such as Breeze, Teddy Bear Picnic and Cherry Tree Blossom parties to name just a few.”

Cast your vote here now.


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