A Green Flag award-winning park in the middle of a commercial development could become a trailblazer for a new awareness of quality green space in urban areas.
Chavasse Park in the 17ha mixed-use city centre Liverpool ONE development was the first park in an urban commercial development to get a Green Flag award when the results were announced on 29 July. This year there were more Green Flags awarded.
Now Green Flag, which will be run by the Keep Britain Tidy group until at least 2017, wants to get more commercially owned parks on board.
Green Flag awards scheme manager Paul Todd said: "We want to get other people involved. When commercial companies are developing new projects we want them to follow the example of Liverpool ONE and have a quality green space at the heart of their plans. We want a Green Flag award park within five minutes' walk of where everybody lives."
Targeting commercial enterprises would also provide an income stream for the Green Flag awards, which lost Government funding for this year's competition. It was forced to raise entry fees from £185 to £299 (for entries up to 20ha) and from £235 to £349 (more than 20ha). Nevertheless, there were slightly more entries this year than last.
Todd said: "Green Flag awards are so important in the industry. It's one of the few things that the industry has to support it and demonstrate how important green spaces are."
Liverpool ONE estate director Chris Bliss said Chavasse park was "intregral to the Liverpool ONE experience" and that it was important for Liverpool city centre to have Green Flag space.
He added: "We work hard to ensure the park is clean, safe, green and welcoming."
For the full list of this year's Green Flag award winners, see the supplement published with today's edition of Horticulture Week
Green Flag awards: What the numbers show
- Number of Green Flags awarded in 2013: 1, 448
- Number of Green Flags awarded in 2012: 1, 424
- Number of 2013 community group Green Flags: 199
- Council with the most Green Flags: London Borough of Hillingdon, which has 24
- Council with the most new Green Flags: London Borough of Ealing, which has seven