A garden among the gravestones and a nature reserve created from
the spoil of Channel Tunnel are just two of the record
number of 1424 UK sites receiving a Green Flag Award
today - the national award for public and community
parks and green spaces.
The record number of sites receiving an award this year ensures
that even more of us now have access to well-managed, high-quality
green spaces so important for health and leisure activities.
Examples of Green Flag Awards this year include:
- The small community-driven grounds of St Luke's
Church in Crosby, Merseyside.
- East London 's Victoria Park on the doorstep of
- Samphire Hoe, a stunning nature reserve created from
Channel Tunnel spoil, on Kent's coast;
- The FormalGardens and Central Woodland of Heriot Watt
University in Edinburgh
- The 268 acre RoselawnCemetery in Belfast
- Bedwelty Park in Tredegar, Wales, recently restored with
Heritage Lottery funding
Award-winning sites will be raising their flags throughout the
week and celebrating their success during Love Parks Week, which runs from the
21st to the 29th July.
The Green Flag Award scheme continues to grow internationally
with expansion into the Netherlands and Germany due to ambitious
Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell said:
"Great parks and green spaces have a huge impact on local
communities, providing places to play and relax as well as bringing
generations together in a variety of ways. They are fundamental to
our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages, and the
Green Flag Award scheme seeks to help raise the standards of them
all. The many excellent stories coming from the scheme prove what
communities and volunteers can achieve by working together with
professionals in our green spaces. Well done to all those involved
in creating these inspirational places for everyone to enjoy."
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said:
"We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year
for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. A Green Flag Award
provides national recognition for the achievements of all those
whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic
places for all to enjoy.
"I must also thank all this year's 800+ volunteer judges for
their magnificent efforts in assessing an astounding number of