Record number of Green Flags awarded to parks

A record number of green spaces have won a Green Flag Award, organizers announced this week.

Holyhead breakwater - image: Green Flag
Holyhead breakwater - image: Green Flag

The 1,424 UK sites to receive an award on Tuesday were drawn from a record 1,508 applications, which was eight per cent up on the year before (HW, 4 May).

Among this year’s winner include a cemetery and a nature reserve made out of tunnel spoil and the record number of awards would ensure more people access to well-managed, high-quality spaces, said Green Flag Award manager Paul Todd.

"A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all those whose hard work and dedication has helped create these places for all to enjoy," he said. "I thank all this year’s 800 plus volunteer judges for their efforts in assessing an astounding number of applications."

Communities minister Andrew Stunell said: "The many excellent stories coming from the scheme prove what communities and volunteers can achieve by working together with professionals in our green spaces."

See more on the future of Green Flags in Horticulture Week 20 July.

Some of the year’s winners

  • A small community garden at St Luke’s Church in Crosby, Merseyside.
  • East London’s Victoria Park near the Olympic Village.
  • Samphire Hoe, a nature reserve created from Channel Tunnel spoil in Kent.
  • Formal Gardens and Central Woodland of Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
  • The 108ha Roselawn Cemetery, Belfast

Visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk


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