Celebrating the city's newest Green Flag

Volunteers, park rangers and local residents gathered to raise Edinburgh’s latest Green Flag on Saturday.

Seven Acre Park became the capital’s 30th Green Flag-holder, awarded by Keep Scotland Beautiful to high quality, well-managed green spaces.

The park’s active Friends group has played a key role in securing its Green Flag status, engaging in various activities to benefit the local community and wildlife, including the implementation of wildflower beds, ‘food for free orchards’ and a woodland trail.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “We have been delighted to see the number of Green Flag parks in Edinburgh continue to grow since the scheme was introduced in Scotland almost ten years ago.

“Seven Acre Park is a relatively new park in Edinburgh, but has proven to be a valuable community asset, flourishing with the support of its enthusiastic Friends group and the hard work of our dedicated rangers.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Green Flag Awards recognise welcoming, clean, well-maintained and secure parks and green spaces that encourage the conservation of the natural and built environment while involving the community.

Seven Acre Park – which is seven acres in size – was originally part of farmland at Liberton and was adopted as a public park by the Council in 1999. Recent additions to the park include an orchard, an outdoor gym and a new woodland walkway.

Jeni Rowe, from Friends of Seven Acre Park, said: “The Friends group is so proud that Seven Acre Park has achieved Green Flag Status this year for the first time. The hard work of the council and the friends group has helped to improve and enhance a great little park in Alnwickhill for all local people and visitors alike. 

“The new woodland walk provides a wonderful feature, with information boards, bug houses and bird boxes, and soon we will have wooden animal sculptures too.”

In August, Friends of Seven Acre Park were also commended as ‘Outstanding’ by Keep Scotland Beautiful’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ assessors, scoring a total of 86 points out of a potential 100 for Community Participation, Environmental Responsibility and Gardening Achievement.

The environmental improvement campaign, run in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society, acknowledges the achievements of volunteer-led groups to clean and beautify their neighbourhoods.

The group, which has more than 20 members, holds regular meetings and AGMs, and has been cited by Keep Scotland Beautiful as a ‘great example’ of how successful partnership working between a council and a Friends group can be.

Find out more about Friends of Parks groups online.

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