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Lovely Ladderedge awarded Green Flag again

Ladderedge Country Park near Leek has been named one of the UK's best for the second year running.

The park is amongst a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award - the mark of quality.

The Award, now in its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces in the country and a Green Flag overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards and is well maintained.

Ladderedge Country Park is a wonderful place full of wildlife, with wildflower meadows, woodlands and wetlands and fantastic views - and all just a mile from Leek town centre.

Councillor Brian Johnson, Cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, parks and countryside at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: "We're delighted that Ladderedge has once again received this much deserved recognition as one of the UK's favourite parks.

"To be awarded a Green Flag for the second successive year is welcome endorsement of the partnership between the Council and the Friends of Ladderedge Country Park which ensures this amenity is maintained to the highest standards.

"Here in the Moorlands we know how fortunate we are to be able to enjoy such beautiful public spaces and I'd like to thank all those who volunteer their time for their commitment and enthusiasm and to congratulate them on this achievement."

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 - especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.

"All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded."