GreenSpace moots community judges for Green Flag

The consortium responsible for the Green Flag awards scheme could engage community judges as part of proposed changes.

The idea of getting the community on board the Green Flag awards scheme judging was mooted by GreenSpace chief executive Paul Bramhill at the body's conference Raising the Standard last week.

It could involve community groups — for example Friends groups — being part of the judging process, or even carrying out the mystery shopping element planned for the highest-scoring parks.

The proposal is part of a drive to double the number of Green Flag judges to around 1,500 over the next three years.

"What might be possible through engagement with the general public," asked Paul Bramhill.

The Raising the Standard conference — held at the City of Manchester Stadium on 29 September — was one of GreenSpace's best-attended conferences this year, he added.

For more on the changes to Green Flag, see Horticulture Week magazine on Friday (9 October).

 

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