The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom.
The scheme was set up in 1996 to recognise and reward green spaces that met the laid down high standards. It is also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve the same high environmental standards, creating a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas. Any free to enter public park or green space is eligible to apply for a Green Flag Award.
Parks and green spaces are judged in April and May each year and the winners are announced in July. Parks must apply each year to keep their Green Flag Award, and winning sites are eligible to fly a Green Flag in the park for a year.
Sites for a Green Flag Award are judged against eight key criteria:
The awards were the result of a long and continuing partnership between local community groups and the council's Green Spaces Team. This began with preparing management plans for each area, detailing their history, maintenance and any future plans.
Each site was rigorously inspected by the green spaces team using the Green Flag criteria to see how they could be improved. This involved continuous consultation with the management advisory groups and local residents.
Further information on the Green Flag Awards Scheme can be obtained from the Green Flag Award website.
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