Prime parks celebrated at civic event

Edinburgh’s Green Flag parks have been recognised at a special event held by the city’s Depute Lord Provost.

The Capital has 32 Green Flag parks – almost half of the country’s total 71 – with Fairmilehead Park and Lauriston Castle Park most recently awarded in July.Bees by Anne Conrad

On Wednesday night, Depute Lord Provost, Councillor Joan Griffiths, handed certificates to the many Friends of Parks groups who volunteer to improve and enhance the city’s Green Flag parks. The civic reception where Council Parks and Greenspace staff were also thanked, was attended by Dr Lindsay Montgomery from Keep Scotland Beautiful and Transport and Environment Vice Convener, Councillor Karen Doran.

The results of the Edinburgh Living Landscape photography competition were also announced at the event following a public vote on Facebook, with Anne Conrad winning for her close-up shot of two bees on a thistle.

Transport and Environment Vice Convener, Councillor Karen Doran, who put forward a motion to Council recognising the hard work of staff and Friends groups to maintain Green Flag parks, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to take the opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the many people who make our parks so welcoming.

“Thanks to their hard work we have the most Green Flag parks amongst all local authorities in Scotland, and I’m sure this number will continue to grow.”

Dr Lindsay Montgomery CBE, Chairman of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Board of Charity Trustees, commented: “I would like to congratulate the City of Edinburgh Council and all their ‘Friends of’ groups for their hard work maintaining Edinburgh’s Green Flag awarded parks. The City of Edinburgh Council has done incredibly well this year and holds 32 of the 71 awarded parks in Scotland.
“Quality parks and greenspaces are an essential part of the fabric of local communities, and have been shown to make a positive contribution to the nation’s well-being. Our Green Flag Award scheme for parks encourages civic pride and motivates people to take action locally, working towards a clean, green and sustainable future.”

The Green Flag Award scheme run by Keep Scotland Beautiful is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.

 The Council’s Parks, Greenspace and Cemeteries department uses Green Flag Award assessment scores to help better manage and improve parks, along with the support of numerous Friends of Parks groups across the city.

The recent Edinburgh Living Landscape competition, also celebrated at Thursday’s event, encouraged the public to share pictures capturing the Capital’s natural environment on social media, and received almost 200 entries during September and October.

Following a public vote on 12 finalists chosen by a judging panel, Anne Conrad was awarded first prize, with Robert May a close runner-up for his photograph showing a willowherb against the setting sun.

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