Right Royal Honour for Ribble Valley ParksPublished Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Three Ribble Valley parks have been awarded diamond jubilee status.
The Clitheroe Castle Park, Brungerley Park in Clitheroe and John Smith's Playing Field in Longridge have been chosen as part of a living legacy commemorating the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
They were nominated by Ribble Valley Borough Council for the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, run by conservation charity Fields in Trust, which aims to protect 2,012 outdoor spaces across the UK.
Plaques featuring deeds of dedication have been installed at the entrance of the parks, giving them protected status as recreational outdoor spaces for future generations.
Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council's community services committee, said: "The Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations were a huge success culminating in the lighting of a beacon at Clitheroe Castle.
"Now three of the borough's iconic parks have received official jubilee status, which is particularly fitting, given that Ribble Valley is at the exact centre of the kingdom and has a strong association with Her Majesty the Queen.
"Green spaces like these provide free, safe places for our children and visitors to participate in a range of activities, and we are proud that they have been recognised in this manner."
Clitheroe Castle's 16 acres of parkland boast Lancashire's first public labyrinth, a community rose garden, state-of-the-art skatepark, bowling green, bandstand and multi-sensory activity area.
Brungerley Park, on the banks of the River Ribble, hosts the Ribble Valley Scuplture Trail, which features over 20 unique and permanent scupltures celebrating the area's heritage and environment. The park was recently refurbished, including improved signage, the thinning out of shrubbery, repairs to walls and paths, disabled parking, new street furniture, bench repainting and a wildflower meadow.
John Smith's Playing Field is based in a former quarry and still boasts quarry tunnels and the cast iron base of a crane, as well as stunning views of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Picture: Robert Thompson (right) and Chris Hughes, Ribble Valley Borough Council's head of cultural and leisure services.