Green Flag Community Award

Allerton Grange Fields in north Leeds has been named as one of the best public green spaces in the UK and that’s official.

Allerton Grange Fields is among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces across the UK that have this year received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

Allerton Grange Fields is a 3 hectare public playing fields located in the heart of north Leeds with a traffic free cycle path linking Lidgett Lane to Talbot Avenue, two sports pitches, a community orchard, edible flower beds, wildflower beds and a wildlife area. Volunteers from Friends of Allerton Grange Fields work in close partnership with Leeds City Council Parks & Countryside to protect, maintain and enhance the fields. The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

Leeds City Council’s Executive board member for communities Councillor Debra Coupar said:

“We are extremely proud of our green spaces and parks in Leeds and it is really fantastic news that Allerton Grange Fields has been given a Green Flag Community Award.

“I would like to offer a big thank you to the many volunteers from the Friends of Allerton Grange Fields and also our own parks and countryside staff whose hard work and dedication was absolutely pivotal in this much loved green space securing such a prestigious award.”

Bhupinder Dev, Chair of Friends of Allerton Grange Fields said:

“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Community Award from Keep Britain Tidy. This Award recognises the work of our volunteers and highlights that residents in this part of Roundhay and Moortown are benefitting from access to a public green space of the very highest quality. We look forward to making further improvements to the fields in the year ahead with benches, outdoor gym and junior trim trail provision”.

73 parks and green spaces across Yorkshire and Humberside are proudly flying a Green Flag Award, after being judged to be some of the best in the country. The Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green-space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Councillor Bill Urry on behalf of all Roundhay Ward Councillors and Cllr Sharon Hamilton on behalf of Moortown Ward Councillors said:

“The award of this honour to the Friends of Allerton Grange Fields is a major tribute to the energy and commitment of the volunteers who have put so many hours of their own time into improving Allerton Grange Fields for the benefit of local people.  Their hands on physical input has seen trees planted and beds created for flora, and their work has also opened the doors that have enabled this work to go ahead.

North Leeds is well served with green space supported by volunteer groups.  The Friends of Allerton Grange Fields is one of several groups where the work of committed volunteers has made a massive difference to the local environment.  Well done everyone!