Keep Scotland Beautiful, the charity for Scotland’s environment, has announced that more than 60 parks from across Scotland have been presented with a Green Flag Award this year in recognition of their high standards and provision of quality outdoor space. Parks from across the country have received the prestigious award, with new entrants in Fife, Stirling, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
The Green Flag Award, administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, is a benchmark for quality green space. The 65 successful parks this year are run by local authorities, universities and community groups – with The City of Edinburgh Council’s parks and gardens winning almost half of the awards.
Established Green Flag Award parks and open spaces in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee retained their flags, as did green spaces in Fife, Midlothian and west-central Scotland. Amongst those awarded a Green Flag Award for the first time this year were Pittencrieff Park in Fife, Ladywell Park in Stirling and Starbank Park in Edinburgh. A full list of award winners can be found here.
Parks are assessed by volunteer judges with a background in parks management, conservation or ecology. Applicants are judged against testing criteria which include assessing whether the park or green space is welcoming, safe, well-maintained and secure.
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:
“We know that local environments define communities. Research shows that poorly maintained spaces have a direct correlation with lower health outcomes for residents.
“The Green Flag Award helps ensure parks and open spaces are well managed so that people have access to good quality open space and are able to build thriving communities around them.
“With more parks flying the Green Flag Award than ever before, this is true recognition of everyone’s hard work in helping to make Scotland greener and cleaner. We are very proud of all our award winners and those who work all year round, rain or shine, to make Scottish parks beautiful.”
To be considered for the awards, the park’s managing authority must apply. Further information on how to see your local park involved in the Green Flag Awards can be found at: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/parks