Westminster City Council completes trial of streamlined Green Flag process

Westminster City Council has completed a successful pilot of a streamlined Green Flag Award judging process.

The council has collaborated with Continental Landscapes and Keep Britain Tidy on a ‘Group Award’ designed to streamline the application process.

The ‘Group Award’ has been developed to provide efficiencies in the Green Flag award judging process for organisations with multiple sites.

Continental Landscapes, who maintain all of the councils’ parks, open spaces and cemeteries, lead on the development of the new style management plan working alongside Westminster City Council and Keep Britain Tidy.

The plan, which is a key requirement of the judging process, includes planned improvements for each individual site and pulls together pertinent information into one easy to read document. The new management plan offers a number of benefits to the traditional style including the reduction in time spent on updating individual plans meaning that this time can be spent planning and implementing parks improvements for the future, according to the company.

By investing in this approach on behalf of the Council this comprehensive plan provides a robust document that will act as the framework for the management and improvement of public open spaces across the City.

Bill Trotman, Continental Landscapes managing director, said: "We are delighted to have worked with Keep Britain Tidy on this trial. We strive to devise new ways to assist our clients and this trial presented an opportunity to use our in-house resources, such as our landscape architect, to devise a strategic plan which will ensure these important green spaces continue to delight residents and visitors alike".

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