Green Flag Award winners celebrate largest awards haul to-date as Ealing snares seven new flags

A total of 1,448 green spaces have been awarded Green Flag status this year - up from 1,424 in 2012.

Just one of the Green Flag winners - MacRosty Park in Crieff, Perth and Kinross
Just one of the Green Flag winners - MacRosty Park in Crieff, Perth and Kinross

The London Borough of Ealing was the council with the most new Green Flag sites with seven new green spaces awarded.

While the first city-centre commercial development to qualify is the Liverpool ONE shopping centre’s Chavasse Park.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Awards programme manager Paul Todd said: "It’s another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Awards and this is something well worth celebrating.

"It’s testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, supported by an army of volunteers, who work tirelessly to keep our public green spaces looking great.

"The parks sector is facing some tough challenges, particularly with the cuts that local authorities are implementing, so it is heartening to see that they are committed to maintaining and improving standards in our nation’s green space and this is shown by the number of sites that are meeting the Green Flag Award standard."

The Green Flag Awards in the UK are judged every year by an army of 800 volunteer judges who visit sites across the country and assess them against eight criteria, including cleanliness, sustainability and conservation.

Keep Britain Tidy won the contract to run the awards until 2017 at the end of last year. Its decision to raise entry fees - from £185 to £299 for sites under 20ha and from £235 to £349 for bigger sites - led to concerns that the competition would see a drop in entries. However there were ten more entries this year than last.

The Green Flag Awards announcement comes during Love Parks Week, which runs until Sunday.

All the Green Flag Award Winners are featured in a special awards supplement, out with this Friday’s Horticulture Week magazine.

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