Authorities urged to fly Green Flag

Councils are called on to take part in the Green Flag award.

Parks managers and MPs have called for more councils to enter their parks for a Green Flag award as they become part of many councils’ Local Area Agreements (LAAs). Sheffield director of parks Mary Bagley said parks managers should benchmark their green spaces through the Green Flag scheme to find out if they are delivering value for money. She added: “Green Flags are a good lever to win funding from local councillors.” But parks consultant Alan Barber said this month’s National Audit Office (NAO) report, Enhancing Urban Green Space, finds no correlation between Green Flag awards and consumer satisfaction. Meanwhile, South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has called upon eastern councils to do more to win further Green Flags. The NAO report found that the East has seven, compared with 14 in the South-West, 13 in the South-East, 84 in the North-West and 52 in London.

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