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Parks and green spaces

The council's parks, landscape and street scene section is responsible for the provision, management and maintenance of over 720 hectares of public parks and green spaces, including the council's:

  • formal parks and open spaces
  • incidental open space
  • playing fields
  • allotments
  • children's play areas
  • skate parks
  • ball courts
  • country parks
  • local nature reserves
  • green ways
  • woodlands
  • meadows
  • water bodies.

Parks management staff are based at Hardshaw Brook Depot, Parr Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA9 1JR.

The Ranger service operates from three main parks:

  • Mesnes Park, Park Road North, Newton-le-Willows
  • Sankey Valley Country Park, Blackbrook Road, Blackbrook
  • Taylor Park, Grosvenor Road, West Park

The Parks, Landscape and Street Scene Section are responsible for the general management of operations and day-to-day maintenance of various parks, playing fields and gardens across St Helens. The Amenity Services also provide play equipment inspections and maintenance.

Mobile gardening teams regularly visit sites to ensure that the defined standards are maintained.

The gardening staff ensure that the quality and range of horticultural features are all maintained appropriately and standards of cleanliness and health & safety are achieved, for example:

  • grass areas
  • litter collection
  • flower and shrub beds
  • hedges
  • playgrounds
  • outdoor sports facilities
  • trees

All council-owned land is maintained on: 

  • highway verges 
  • public open spaces
  • school grounds
  • parks
  • town centres
  • cemeteries and crematoriums

We do not cut grass that is privately owned, or on properties/estates owned by bodies other than the council.

To report any issue with maintenance in any of the areas above, please contact us.

Contact us

By phone: St Helens Council Contact Centre - 01744 676789

By email: contactcentre@sthelens.gov.uk

By post: Contact Centre, Wesley House, Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1HF

St Helens Council is committed to improving the standard of its parks and open spaces.

The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. The award scheme began in 1996 as a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country. It was also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve the same high environmental standards, creating a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.

The Green Flag Award scheme is managed by a consortium consisting of Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and GreenSpace. The Green Flag Award team is now based at the Keep Britain Tidy offices at Elizabeth House, The Pier, Wigan, WN3 4EX.

Read more about the Green Flag Award.

In 2019, Victoria Park, Windle was awarded Green Flag status, in recognition for its quality provision of the park.

Green spaces can make an immensely important contribution to the quality of everyday life. They can provide a variety of attractive, safe and accessible outdoor environments, which appeal to a wide range of different people from toddlers playing to elderly people socialising. They are often are highly valued and have an important role in helping to create good places to live and work.

The Council's Community Green Space Strategy, adopted in October 2007, recognises the importance of green space and sets out to improve the provision of high-quality, well used spaces in the borough, which will meet the needs of local people both now and in the future. To do this it provides a policy framework for the protection, improvement, accessibility and use of green spaces, making the best use of available funding. It seeks to involve local people and partner agencies in the provision and management of the borough’s green space.

The strategy takes account of all green spaces, such as parks, wildlife areas, outdoor sports facilities, cemeteries and allotments.

There are green ways offering footpath and cycle way links between many green spaces and to the countryside beyond the built-up areas. It includes sites both in public and private ownership. Together this rich variety of sites provide opportunities for a wide range of leisure pursuits such as active sport, gentle relaxation, children's play and watching nature.

The Mersey Forest, in conjunction with St Helens Borough Council, have undertaken a joint project to create management plans for all council-owned woodland sites in line with UKWAS (UK Woodland Assurance Standard).

The UK Woodland Assurance Standard is an independent certification standard for verifying sustainable woodland management in the United Kingdom and, following an application for this, all 18 woodlands in St Helens met the criteria for the standard.

The rangers are directly involved in managing and developing each of the woodlands in line with each management plan, and external grant funding through assistance with the Mersey Forest is enabling annual management and maintenance works to be carried out on the woodlands.

Contact us

Tel: 01744 676789

Email: contactcentre@sthelens.gov.uk

St Helens Council, Contact Centre, Wesley House, Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1HF

The borough of St Helens has 56 play areas for children up to the age of 14. Many have climbing, swinging, rocking and sliding activities and all have safer surfacing.

There are also skateparks located at Mesnes Park in Newton-le-Willows, Victoria Park in Windle, Kentmere Park in Moss Bank and Nanny Goat Park in Fingerpost (town centre).

Also, there are 19 all-weather ball courts for five-a-side football and basketball games to take place.