Walton Hall and Gardens given top honour

Cllr Peter Carey, Neil Simpson, Barry Noble and Sean Kelly pose with alpacas Malbec and Topaz from the childrens zoo
(From left) Cllr Peter Carey, chair of the Walton Estate Liaison Group; Neil Simpson, estate manager; Barry Noble VisitEngland quality assessor and Sean Kelly operational manager with alpacas Malbec and Topaz from the childrens zoo at Walton Hall
Published: Tuesday, 19th September 2017

Walton Hall and Gardens has been awarded the much coveted and nationally recognised 'Visit England' quality assurance mark for leisure and tourism with a best ever score.

The Walton Estate Management had already secured six Green Flag awards across its areas however Visit England take into account such things as Trip Advisor where public views and comments are considered, in assessing a site for its quality as an attraction.

Walton Estate staff have worked tirelessly to  providing a sense of structure and direction to the estate and have been able to capitalise on the investment secured in order to better the experience for visitors at Walton Gardens.

The signage installed, along with the outdoor games facilities and the professional feel of Walton Estates webpages, were singled out by VisitEngland for praise.

Barry Noble, VisitEngland quality assessor, said: “The quality assessment scheme aims to maintain high standards at visitor attractions. Walton Hall and Gardens continues to meet the required standard thanks to the ongoing efforts of staff and management to develop and renew facilities.”

Cllr Tony Higgins, executive board member for leisure and community, said: “Walton Hall has long been a jewel in the crown of Warrington’s parks and green spaces and I’m determined that it will remain so. I’d like to congratulate manager Neil Simpson and his staff for all their hard work which has been recognised once again with this prestigious award.”

Cllr Peter Carey, chair of the Walton Estate Liaison Group, said: “I’m very proud of the team at Walton for this wonderful achievement. The award is testament to the dedication of all involved and it is particularly pleasing to see an improved score, which gives both recognition for the efforts of recent years and encouragement to strive to improve further still.”