Park Awards

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Kepple Lane Park Trust recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016. The voluntary group from Garstang who work in the community to develop and maintain the town’s community park has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.Over the past eight years the Trust has transformed what was the town’s former refuse site into an outstanding facility for all ages to use; whether to play, meet friends or just relax in the sensory garden areas. The area is the first dedicated park for the town and has been well received by both local residents and visitors alike.


On the 4th July 2016, Kepple Lane Park Trustees attended County Hall in Preston for the Presentation of the Queen's Award. The Lord Lieutenant of Lancaster, Lord Shuttleworth, presented a beautiful crystal glass trophy to Kepple Lane Park, and four other voluntary groups.Trust Chairman, Gordon Harter, gave a short acceptance speech in which he stressed, 'We are absolutely delighted. It has been a lot of hard work, but we cannot underestimate the support of the Town Council and the numerous groups and individuals who have helped get us where we are'.


Left to right: Joe Gilmour, Jackie Gilmour, Andrew Brown, Annette Brown, Joan Baptie, Gordon Harter, Lord Shuttleworth, Lynn Harter, Oliver Atkinson and Lord Shuttleworth's aide.  

LEF Best Practice Award 2016

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Kepple Lane Park is the winner of the Lancashire Environment Fund ‘2015 Best Practice Award for Play Areas’. This is a real honour and is all down to the effort and determination of all involved. 

On Friday 25th September, Trustees Gordon Harter and Joan Baptie went to the LEF Annual   Event at Singleton Village Hall to collect the award, which comprised of a framed certificate and a lovely gift of a piece of fused glass art. 

The Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) is a partnership between SITA UK Ltd, Lancashire County Council, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and Community Futures.  The Fund has distributed over £20m of Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) grants support to community and environmental projects which benefit the environment and people of Lancashire since its start in 1998.  

Green Flag Awards

We are delighted to announce that Kepple Lane Park has earned a Green Flag at the third year running! Green Flag status is now accepted as the benchmark for parks and green spaces in the UK. To earn one, a park has to demonstrate how clean and well maintained it is, safety and security measures, conservation and heritage work taking place, plus community involvement.Councillor Vivien Taylor, Cabinet member with responsibility for parks at Wyre Council, said. "What a great way to mark Love Parks Week. We proudly shout about all our green spaces but Green Flags officially show visitors that they are among the best in the country.

"A few years ago Kepple Lane Park was just an empty field, but thanks to some very hard work and investment from several corners of the community, it's now a park to be proud of with butterfly garden, picnic benches, play equipment, sensory garden and more to come by the end of the year."

Park Trustees (left to right) Joan Baptie, Andrew Brown, Joe Gilmour and

Councillor Gordon Harter, proudly display Kepple Lane Park's Green Flag.

Bloom Awards

The Kepple Lane Park community have been awarded 'Outstanding', the highest level in the Britain in Bloom
Neighbourhood Awards.

The aims of the awards are to encourage local communities to improve and care for their local environment through imaginative planting of trees, shrubs,flowers and landscaping, conservation and recycling projects and to eliminate eyesores that blight our streets such as litter, graffiti and vandalism.
The competition is based on three RHS core themes:Horticultural excellence, Environmental responsibility and Community participation

By taking part in the competition local communities can benefit from : an increase in civic pride, a long term improvement in their local environment, a boost to the local economy including regeneration of run down and disadvantaged areas as well as a boost to tourism.

‚ÄčIn addition the competition stimulates volunteer work whilst addressing sustainability, recycling, waste minimisation and conservation issues.

Park Trustees, Gordon Harter, Joan Baptie and Joe Gilmour went to the Southport Conference Centre on 27th October to collect the award.



OA 22/07/2017