THE Mere in Ellesmere is set to receive a prestigious 'green' award for the sixth year running.

On Tuesday, the country park will receive a Green Flag Award, which recognises it as one of the best quality parks or green spaces in the world.

It is one of 1,970 parks and green spaces in the UK and 131 in 13 other countries around the world that has been selected for the award which shows the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Ann Hartley, Shropshire Councillor for Ellesmere Urban, was delighted with the news that the park has once again been recognised for its 'green' status.

She said: "We are extremely proud of our Mere and Cremorne Gardens in Ellesmere.

"It is great news that it has retained the Green Flag status.

"It is a tribute to the very hard work of the Countryside Team and the volunteers, and continues to attract many visitors offering a fabulous experience for young and old alike."

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for Culture and Leisure, said: "We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors so I’m delighted that the Mere has received the Green Flag Award.

"This is the sixth consecutive year the park has been recognised as one of the best in the world.

"It is a testament to the amazing work of staff and volunteers who make the Mere a wonderful visitor destination and habitat for wildlife and plants."

If you would like to volunteer to help maintain the country park, you can join the team from 9.30am every Thursday.

For more information about volunteering, call 01743 255957 or email