Friends of Cambuslang Park pick up their second Green Flag Award in just two years
Cambuslang Park has been honoured for the second time in two years, after being awarded a Green Flag Award.
The charity for Scotland’s environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful, announced last week that Cambuslang was one of two parks from South Lanarkshire - the other being Strathaven - to be presented with a Green Flag Award this year in recognition of their high standards and quality outdoor space.
The award has been welcomed locally, delighting the Friends of Cambuslang Park and South Lanarkshire Council.
Chairman Edward Cais said: “The Friends of Cambuslang Park are very pleased that Cambuslang Park has retained its Green Flag Award for another year. This is down to a lot of hard work by South Lanarkshire Council and the Friends of Cambuslang Park.
“The park staff justifiably receive regular compliments from visitors to the park for the excellent work they do in keeping the flower beds looking beautiful and the park in good shape.
“There is never a shortage of work to be done, be it litter picking; dealing with dog fouling by a small minority in a generally highly responsible local dog-owning community; cutting back rampant vegetation along the many paths; carrying out path repairs when funding becomes available; or making good the effects of occasional antisocial behaviour.”
The Green Flag Award, administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, is a benchmark for quality green space. Parks are assessed by volunteer judges with a background in parks management, conservation or ecology. Applicants are judged against a testing criteria which includes assessing whether the park or green space is welcoming, safe, wellmaintained and secure.
Rutherglen’s Labour MSP James Kelly said: “I was delighted to hear that Cambuslang Park was awarded the green flag – it’s a great recognition of the standard of outdoor space in Cambuslang, and the work of local people.
“Friends of Cambuslang Park must be congratulated especially. The group undertakes a great deal of work throughout the year and play a key role in the local community.
“The park is a much-loved space locally and the Friends’ events, like their picnics and litter-picks, are consistently wellattended which is always a healthy sign.”
Councillor Hamish Stewart, chair of the council’s community services committee and of the board of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, was delighted with the success of Cambuslang and Strathaven Parks.
He added: “The council’s grounds services teams have been working together with the local communities and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture to continue to improve the standards in our parks. We are delighted to have been awarded the Green Flag for the last two years for Strathaven Park and are delighted to have retained this status this year.
“To also be awarded the Green Flag for Cambuslang Park for a second year shows how continued excellent partnership working, with the emphasis on the community involvement, can make a difference and we would not have achieved this award for both of our parks without the efforts of all concerned. I am delighted for those involved that their hard work and diligence has brought such just rewards indeed.”
Cambuslang Park is one of 65 parks to be awarded the flag this year.
Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We know that local environments define communities. Research shows that poorly maintained spaces have a direct correlation with lower health outcomes for residents.
“The Green Flag Award helps ensure parks and open spaces are well managed so that people have access to good quality open space and are able to build thriving communities around them.
“With more parks flying the Green Flag Award than ever before, this is true recognition of everyone’s hard work in helping to make Scotland greener and cleaner. We are very proud of all our award winners and those who work all year round, rain or shine, to make Scottish parks beautiful.”
Delighted The Green Flag awarded to Cambuslang Park last year, flying high and proud on a former Commonwealth Games flag pole