TATTON Park is flying the flag to celebrate the hard work of its team of staff and volunteers.

The park is one of more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the Green Flag Award for 2020.

The Green Flag scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces.

“It takes an estate-wide effort all year round,” said Tatton Park Ranger Simon Jones.

“As well as the application itself, to win a Green Flag you must demonstrate excellence across every aspect of a visitor’s experience.

“From the minute they enter the gates into the parkland, farm, gardens or mansion, to all aspects of conservation, animal welfare, education and catering, as well as facilities like car parks and toilets. You name it – it’s scrutinised!

“It’s very difficult to achieve this award, and winning it again in 2020 is great recognition for the hard work put in by all departments, staff and volunteers across the Tatton Park estate.”

Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline, and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Tatton Park has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”