26 Jul Capital parks awarded over half the Green Flag Awards in Scotland
The city of Edinburgh has won awards for its public parks and green spaces
Scottish news: Capital parks awarded over half the Green Flag Awards in Scotland
by Amy Lenathen
The city of Edinburgh has been awarded 24 Green Flag Awards for its public parks and green spaces in this year’s national competition.
Over half the awards were presented to locations around the Capital, with a total of 44 flags being awarded in Scotland.
Four of the spaces – Ravelston Park and Woods, Lochend Park, Prestonfield Park and Ferry Glen & Back Braes – received their first flag, whilst 20 were repeat winners from the 2011 annual competition.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme acknowledges the best green spaces around the UK. Nominations are based on cleanliness and safety and all spaces must have achieved excellence in environmental standards. Spaces are judged by a group of volunteers with experience on park maintenance.
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 helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.”
The competition has been taking place in England and Wales since 1996, and introduced to Scotland in 2007. A record number of 1424 green spaces throughout the UK received an award in 2012.