If you’ve paid a visit to Gatley Carrs you’ll know what a beautiful place it can be no matter the season. What you may not know is that the reason it’s such a wonderful place is that it is looked after by dedicated local group Gatley Carrs Conservation Group.
Their hard work maintained the local nature reserve to such a high standard for a long time and that work has been recognised for the fourth year in a row with a Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy, the only area in Stockport to achieve this.
Read the full Keep Britain Tidy press release below:
GATLEY CARRS LOCAL NATURE RESERVE is named as one of the best in Britain – and that’s official!
Gatley Carrs LNR in Gatley, Stockport is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.
The greenspace is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Gatley carrs is 19 acres of woodland, grassland and wildflower meadow and 4 acres of ponds and carr. Restored from a former landfill site it is rich in wildlife.and small piece of countryside for all to enjoy.
Peter Owen said:
We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the fourth year from Keep Britain Tidy.
This Award recognises and highlights that people in Gatley are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.
This is an exceptional site providing an outstanding habitat for flora and fauna whilst being surrounded by modern transport systems and urban living. The area, which was filled with human refuse, has turned into a lovely little section of countryside , enticing new species into the area. The information boards provide a wealth of educational value to the visitors so does the identification labels on the majority of trees.
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 by the Green Flag Award.
You can enjoy Gatley Carrs by popping along to the GCCG’s Teddy Bears Picnic on Sunday August 7th, starting at 1pm with a ’Sunday Stroll’ and presentation of the Green Flag.
GCCG would love to see as many of you as possible there to enjoy the afternoon and be a part of their success.