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Prestigious award for vital service

A PRESTIGIOUS award has been given to Distington Hall Crematorium grounds and bereavement services.  

The crematorium, run by Copeland Council, has received the annual Green Flag Award – meaning it’s among the very best in the country.  

The award ‘celebrates amazing spaces’ and is the benchmark standard for publicly accessible parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom and around the world.

The Green Flag Award report states: ‘The crematorium and its grounds clearly deserve a Green Flag Award, being a high-quality service for the local community. 

‘The Bereavement Services staff provide a sensitive and imaginative range of services and memorial options, and continually strive to improve the facilities and expand on what they are offering and are to be commended for this. 

‘The grounds around the crematorium are attractive and well managed, sensitive both to the needs of those using the crematorium, sustainability, and the biodiversity of the area.’

Andy Pratt, Portfolio Holder for Bereavement Services, said: “I’m delighted the award recognises the hard work and dedication of our fantastic Bereavement Services team.

“Our employees provide a vital service to the community, and their passion, empathy and commitment shine through in everything they do.

“I’d also like to thank colleagues and volunteers who make sure the grounds are so well maintained, it truly is a beautiful place for our residents to reflect and remember lost loved ones.”