Record number of Green Flag awards

A total of 1,970 parks and green spaces have received the prestigious Green Flag Award.

The international Award, now in its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has good visitor facilities.

Parks and green spaces receiving the Award this year include first time winner Venetian Waterways managed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Worden Park managed by South Ribble Borough Council that has won the Award every year since the scheme made its first Awards in 1997.

Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 126 international winners.

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

The Green Flag Award scheme reached a record breaking 2,096 accredited parks and green spaces across 14 countries and spanning 4 continents - more than any other parks accreditation scheme in the world

A total of 126 of these are accredited parks and green spaces from outside the UK, marking a huge 25% increase as the Award establishes a worldwide reputation.

New Northern Hemisphere winners were today added from Belgium, Finland, Spain and Republic of Ireland, whilst several Southern Hemisphere countries such as Australia and New Zealand have current winners that are judged for their Summer season and announced later in the year.

Originating in England in 1996, the growth seen since the scheme went international 10 years ago, is testament to its success across the UK, where the scheme maintains a strong reputation as the recognised standard for well managed parks and green spaces.

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