More parks fly the green flag

A record number of Edinburgh’s parks and greens spaces are now flying Green Flags.

Keep Scotland Beautiful has awarded Starbank, Rosefield and Ferniehill Parks with the prestigious awards for the first time, bringing the city’s Green Flag total to an impressive thirty.

The Green Flag Awards are well known as a benchmark for quality green spaces and celebrate the work carried out all year round to ensure they are tidy, well maintained and sustainable.

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful parks across Edinburgh, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

“The record number of Green Flags awarded to the city shows how much we value our green spaces and our commitment to maintaining them.

“It takes a lot of time and effort throughout the year to ensure that our parks are welcoming, clean and well kept, so it is fantastic that Edinburgh has again been recognised for achieving this.

“It wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our parks teams, Friends of Parks and community groups, so I would like to thank them for all their fantastic work.”

All parks are assessed by volunteer judges with a background in parks management, conservation or ecology. Applicants are judged using a testing criterion which includes assessing whether the park or green space is welcoming, safe, well maintained and secure.

Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, Derek Robertson, said: “We know that local environments define communities. Research shows that poorly maintained spaces have a direct correlation with lower health outcomes for residents.

“The Green Flag Award helps ensure parks and open spaces are well managed so that people have access to good quality open space and are able to build thriving communities around them.

“With more parks flying the Green Flag Award than ever before, this is true recognition of everyone’s hard work in helping to make Scotland greener and cleaner. We are very proud of all our award winners and those who work all year round, rain or shine, to make Scottish parks beautiful.”

Alexander Robertson, Anya Robertson and Oliver Pidcock with one the new Green Flags:

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