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Countess of Chester Country Park scoops environment award

by Chris Cunniff

A new country park in Chester, transformed from disused land by NHS Property Services and local partners, has received a coveted award.

The Countess of Chester Country Park has been honoured with a Chester Civic Trust award for benefiting the built environment.

The trust selected the public park, which is managed and maintained by national land management charity the Land Trust, as a benefactor of their awards scheme recognising changes to the built environment during the past 12 months.

Since being opened to the public by the Duchess of Cornwall in September 2014, the Upton site, next to the Countess of Chester Hospital, has proved popular with residents, visitors, staff members and users of the hospital.

Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the new Countess of Chester Country Park, located next to the Countess of Chester Hospital on 12 September 2014

Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the new Countess of Chester Country Park, located next to the Countess of Chester Hospital on 12 September 2014

Euan Hall, Chief Executive of the Land Trust, said: “We are proud of The Countess of Chester Country Park, which provides a haven of greenery, wildlife and footpaths enabling walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users to benefit from being active outdoors.

“To have earned recognition from the Chester Civic Trust is a fantastic accolade, endorsing the positive impact the site has had for the community.”

Working in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Property Services and Groundwork Cheshire, The Land Trust was able to transform the disused land into a peaceful space.

As supporters of the new park, NHS Property Services is delighted that the stunning, spacious parkland has received this environmental accolade.

Justin Cunningham, Regional Director (North) for NHS Property Services, said: “As owners of land at the Countess of Chester Hospital site, we were keen to support local partners and help provide the local community with a green space close to the hospital.

“I’m delighted to see that the local community is enjoying the new space and that everyone’s hard work has been recognised with this excellent award.”