Four parks get the honour to fly the flag in Sale

By Peter Trollope at

Four parks in the Sale Today  area have won the coveted Green Flag Award.  The parks were singled out for high praise – and the quality of Walkden Gardens, Walton Park, Woodheys Park and Worthington Park, were said to offer outstanding facilities and each park offered “something for everyone”‘.

The Green Flag Award is an international award, now into it’s third decade. Its a sign that the space boast the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and haas excellent visitor facilities.

The Dovecote at Walkden Gardens

Walkden Gardens is famous for it’s Japanese Garden, the Wisteria Arch. and the  Dovecote, which used to be situated on the site of Sale Old Hall, before it was transferred brick by brick in 1920.

Walton Park has its own miniature railway which operates every Sunday  – weather permitting. The park opened to the public in 1939.


The bandstand at Worthington Park in the 1920’s

Worthington Park on Cheltenham Drive has benefited from the planting of 27,000 trees in recent times.  The park has many of its original features. It was known as Sale Park until 1950 when it was renamed Worthington Park in honour of Mrs Mary Worthington, who donated the land for use as a park for “the people Sale to enjoy”.

The sunken garden at Worthington Park

Woodheys Park which is situated in Woodhouse Lane, Sale – is known as “pinky park” because of the pigs who stray into the park from an adjoining field. The park was opened in the 1970’s.

The parks will be allowed to fly the flag for a year. “Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the award.”

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and these awards celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks to such a high standard.”