The Green Flag Community Award

The Green Flag Community Award is for quality green spaces managed by voluntary and community groups. Sites must be solely managed by the community group although certain aspects of the site’s maintenance may be undertaken by other bodies such as the local authority. 

A community award is judged against the following categories

  • A welcoming place - First impressions are all too important and the site should look inviting. Issues that must be considered inlcude good and safe access, welcoming, signage, and equal access for all.
  • Healthy, safe and secure - It is of paramount importance that the site is safe. Issues such as personal security, safe equipment and facilities, appropriate level of facilities and dog fouling must be considered.
  • Well maintained and clean - There should be an appropriate standard of maintenance throughout the site and effective management skills to combat issues including litter and waste management, overall standard of maintenance as well as graffiti and vandalism.
  • Conservation and heritage - Each green space is unique and has its own character. The judges will be identifying the nature of conservation and historic feature value of the site, and what measures have been taken up to increase this where appropriate.
  • Community involvement - This is a key criterion for the Green Flag Community Award as it looks to how well the site relates and encompasses the local and wider community.
  • Management / achievements - A Green Flag site must have a management plan. It must set out the priorities that apply to a particular green space. It should establish time scales for putting the activities into practice.
  • Sustainability - Judges will examine environmental issues such as peat and pesticide use, sustainable material use and waste and minimisation.

Other documentation and publicity information that is required to support an application includes:

  • Organisation’s constitution
  • Lease or agreement with landowner
  • Management or maintenance plan
  • Financial statement
  • Insurance details
  • Risk assessment
  • Plan of the green space
  • Publicity statement – This is used on the Green Flag Award website and must be a maximum 250 words.
  • Why the green space qualifies for an award – A statement of why you believe the park / green space qualifies for an award and must be a maximum 250 words.

If you would like more information on how to apply, please contact Jim Riach on 01786 477184 or email us at jim.riach@keepscotlandbeautiful.org