Keep Britain Tidy targets further education as Green Flags spread across campuses

Universities are increasingly seeing achieving Green Flag status as key to attracting both students and funding, according to Keep Britain Tidy which runs the Green Flag Awards.

The organisation is holding its first Green Flag Award seminar to help colleges and universities raise the standard of their green spaces and plan their applications, at Green Flag-holder Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire in August.

The event will feature speakers from sector experts including director of grounds at the University of Exeter Iain Park.

The three-day gathering will also see the presentation of this year’s sector winners at a gala dinner.

The first university to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award was Nottingham University, back in 2003. Last year the university was named the second most environmentally-friendly university in the world by the Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities. Its Green Flag status was given special praise.

Grounds manager Desmond O’Grady said: "The Green Flag Award gives a good qualitative assessment, is a strong management tool and can help with funding for capital and revenue projects."

Having a Green Flag also confirms sustainability credentials - a key requirement for the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Grounds maintenance is key to meeting biodiversity and carbon-reduction targets.

Delegates will also be able to attend a walk through the Green Flag criteria with judges, to help them quickly identify the areas of improvement for their campuses. 

Green Flag Award scheme manager at Keep Britain Tidy Paul Todd said: "This seminar will provide a fantastic opportunity to learn about the Green Flag Award scheme, how it can provide support and guidance to those responsible for the green spaces in the higher education sector and celebrate their achievements through gaining the award."

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