Green Flag award scheme – raising the standard of parks and green spaces.
The International mark of quality launched in 1996 with just 16 parks applying for a Green Flag Award. Whereas just 7 parks achieved the award, today nearly 1,500 parks have a Green Flag, with the scheme now in the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and Dubai.
We were delighted to achieve our first Green Flag award for Beacon Park in 2011, and have retained it each consecutive year.
Keep Britain Tidy manages the scheme under licence from the Department for Communities and Local Government, outlining standards that a Green Flag site must achieve and set targets for improvement.
For a Green Flag, sites are judged with both a desk assessment and a site visit assessment, looking at the following areas:
- a welcoming place
- healthy, safe and secure
- well maintained and clean
- conservation and heritage
- community involvement
Sites that receive a high enough score against the criteria are awarded with a Green Flag and certificate to display on site. The award is only valid for one year and to maintain the Green Flag status sites must re-apply annually.
We are very proud to fly our Green Flag in Beacon Park!
You can see the Beacon Park summary on the the Green Flag Award website.