Edinburgh parks are awarded national "green" status

An array of public gardens in Edinburgh are flying the flag after winning national environmental awards.

A total of 24 parks in the Capital have gained the prestigious Green Flag for Parks' Awards - half of all the flags awarded in Scotland - in 2013.

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

Transport and Environment Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, Councillor Lesley Hinds said: "It is wonderful that once again the parks of Edinburgh have been honoured by these national awards. Winning Green Flags for Parks' awards for another year is a wonderful achievement.

"Our beautiful green spaces are managed and maintained by an excellent team who work hard to create attractive and peaceful spots for visitors and locals to enjoy. Their efforts have been rewarded and I would like to offer my congratulations to everyone involved.

"We will keep up the momentum by working with organisations such as Keep Scotland Beautiful to protect and develop our parks and gardens."

Carole Noble, Head of Environmental Services at Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “This is a real success story for Edinburgh, with a record 26 parks receiving the Green Flag for Parks Award for 2013. This represents over half of all the awarded parks in Scotland. The city should be very proud of its achievement.

"The hard work of the local authority, which manages the vast majority of the awarded parks, Heriot Watt University, Friends of Corstorphine Hill and the hundreds of volunteers who keep Edinburgh's parks beautiful, is clearly paying off."

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