Green flag honour for local parks

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A NUMBER of parks and green spaces across the district have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag award.

The Green Flag award is an internationally recognised certification for environmental quality management for parks and open, green spaces through the environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

A record 60 parks and green spaces in Northern Ireland received the award for exceeding the tough environmental standards.

Nine areas across Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, including Dromore Town Park and Solitude Park received the award.

Meanwhile Slieve Gullion Forest Park was the only site for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to be recognised.

The Green Flag Awards are judged annually by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, ranging from horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Dr Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful said: "We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag award scheme.

"Parks matter to our society. This year more than 37 million people throughout the UK will visit a park, this is five million more than voted in June's General Election." He continued: "The Green Flag Award is a sign of a well-managed, clean and safe park and with many people increasingly relying on their local park as a place to exercise, relax and have fun, quality green space has never been more important."

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful also celebrates The Green Flag Community Award and The Green Heritage Award for sites which conserve, enhance and help people enjoy the heritage value of the site.


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