Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park pick up their sec­ond Green Flag Award in just two years

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

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

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