Green Flag awards for 71 Scottish parks
Altogether 71 parks from across Scotland have been presented with the Green Flag Award this year. The accolade recognises the provision of clean, safe outdoor space - making sure that everyone has access to quality green and open spaces the length and breadth of the country.
The list has been significantly boosted this year by the arrival of five park entries which have never received the award before - Fairmilehead Park and Lauriston Castle Park in Edinburgh, Slessor Gardens in Dundee,Victoria Park in Aberdeen and Breadalbane Park in Stirling which received one of our Community Green Flags. The full national list of award winners can be found here.
Like all parks and open spaces they make a tangible positive contribution to the nation’s well-being, with proven links between physical and mental health and easy access to safe, clean and inspiring green spaces. These awards are recognition for those parks making the most positive contribution and are important recognition for the part they play in the nation’s better health outcomes.
The Green Flag Award, administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, is the benchmark for green spaces and recognises the hard work of managers, staff and volunteers who help ensure that outdoor areas provide local everyone of all ages with a safe, clean and inspiring local environment.
Scotland’s winning parks are run by a diverse list of bodies, including local authorities, community trusts a voluntary groups. Amongst the 2018 award winners there are two green spaces which have been awarded the coveted Community Award, Corstorphine Hill Community Walled Garden and Breadalbane Park in Stirling. The Community Award recognises the effort that volunteers and community groups put into maintaining our green spaces to a standard that can be enjoyed by all.
Keep Scotland Beautiful and the City of Edinburgh Council gathered at Fairmilehead Park to launch the announcement. Gathered where Representatives from the council, the Friends of group (including a number of dog walkers) and families that use the park.
Edinburgh’s Transport and Environment Vice Convener, Councillor Karen Doran, said: “We are so lucky to live in a city that has won 33 Green Flags. Winning this accolade for our city rests very much on the hard work of the staff from the parks department, along with the enormous contribution made by the many Friends of Parks groups and other volunteers.
“Our green spaces are vital to the wellbeing of the residents of a city, and The Green Flag scheme is a great incentive for maintaining the quality and accessibility of parks.”
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:
“Scotland's parks provide a valuable resource to communities across the country and access to quality green space is vital in helping to tackle some of the health and wellbeing challenges we face.
“I would like to congratulate all 71 parks from across Scotland for achieving this prestigious benchmark. The Green Flag Award scheme sets the standard for the management of our outdoor spaces and recognises the hard work of everyone involved. These are exceptional open spaces and the nation benefits hugely from them.”
The award acknowledges that well maintained parks help support healthy and stable communities and provide a range of health benefits - enabling exercise, improving mental wellbeing and encouraging children to play.
John Howie, Organisational Lead for Health Equity, NHS Health Scotland said:
“Where we live and where we spend our time has an important influence on our health and wellbeing. Good public places tend to be well looked after, are safe, attractive and accessible and strive to offer something for everyone.
“NHS Health Scotland are delighted that the Green Flag Award recognises these qualities and celebrates the invaluable efforts of Keep Scotland Beautiful, partners and communities across the country to ensure our public places continue to contribute to our health and well-being in a positive manner.”
A detailed map of Scotland’s Green Flag parks can be found at: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/parks
16 July 2018