Green Flag award

The Green Flag Award® scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Purpose and aims

  • ensure that everybody has access to quality green and other open spaces, irrespective of where they live
  • ensure that these spaces are appropriately managed and meet the needs of the communities that they serve
  • establish standards of good management
  • promote and share good practice amongst the green space sector
  • recognise and reward the hard work of managers, staff and volunteers

For more information please click on the link below to visit the Green Flag Award website.

Our Green Flag Parks

East Park

East Park lies about 2 miles (3 kilometres) northeast of Kingston upon Hull's city centre and covers an area of c.130 acres. The park was opened to the public on the 21 June 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Having undergone a major refurbishment through significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the park now contains an impressive -

  • pavilion
  • remodelled boat house
  • animal education centre

This classic Victorian park is now enjoying a renaissance much to the delight of local residents.

A mobility scheme and adapted cycling scheme for disabled people help to make the park accessible to all members of the local community.

The Friends of East Park, a fundamental part of the organisation, were created as part of a series of consultative meetings to discuss plans for the Lottery funded improvements. The group's members actively promote the park and come from different park user groups including dog walkers, bowlers, model boaters and parents. The volunteers have raised significant funds for further improvements and enhancements to the park.

Successful parks and green space are fundamental to the city becoming a dynamic European City of the 21st century. They are key in helping to achieve the council's corporate aims and objectives particularly in meeting the 'quality of life' and health issues and the 10 year City Plan. We played a central role as Hull became City of Culture for 2017 and continue to build on that success.

2020 saw significant investment in the children's play area as it underwent a major refurbishment. In addition a new water play feature opened in 2021 and the refurbished splash boat now enhances the park even further.

Pearson Park

Pearson Park was Hull's first People's Park, having opened in 1861. It has recently been restored to its former glory with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The park comprises a Victorian conservatory which houses a variety of plants, as well as a lake, a children's adventure playground, a cafe, an outside gym and a bowling green.

The bridge over the lake and the colourful, Victorian style bandstand are two popular newly installed 'lost' features from the original park.

Pearson Park also boasts a number of interesting and important historic artefacts including -

  • the restored statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
  • a grand Entrance Gateway
  • an historic drinking fountain
  • the cupola from the city's old Town Hall
  • a large monolith in memory of Zachariah Pearson who gifted the park to the people of Hull