Record number of parks win Green Flag Awards

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A total of 73 greenspaces were recognised, up three from 2016.

17th July 2017 by Gavin Stuart 1 Comment

A record number of Scottish parks have been presented with prestigious Green Flag Awards this year.

In total, 73 greenspaces across the country received the award, up three from 2016.

Green Flags are awarded by environment charity Keep Scotland Beautiful to recognise parks which are well-maintained, encourage exercise and give children safe spaces in which to play.

Parks administered by local authorities, universities and community groups were all among the crop of winners in 2017. 

Good quality parks can help to reduce health inequalities

City of Edinburgh Council alone won 30 awards, while Johnston Gardens in Aberdeen, Silver Sands and Hawkcraig Point in Fife, Haugh Park in Fife and Dundee Law all received Green Flags for the first time.

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Good quality green open spaces are vital to the health and wellbeing of local communities, families and individuals. Parks and open spaces are a fantastic asset - they are free to use and provide opportunities to exercise and socialise.

“With more Scottish parks flying the Green Flag Award than ever before, this record breaking number is a testament to the determination of park managers, local authorities and volunteers - whose hard work in turn brings about a raft of wider impacts on the community as a whole.”

Matt Lowther, head of place and equity at NHS Health Scotland, said quality greenspace was an essential component of public health.

“It means people are more likely to be physically active and socially connected,” he said.

“In many cases, the health-promoting effect is even greater for those on lower incomes. Good quality parks can help to reduce health inequalities and so if we want a fairer, healthier Scotland, we need good quality parks.”  

A full list of award winners can be found here.

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