Record number of parks flying the Green Flag
awards: Dundee Law among those recognised by Keep Scotland Beautiful
A record 73 parks have been presented with a “prestigious” Green Flag award in recognition of their high standards and quality.
Three more parks than last year have received the award, which is administered by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.
The award recognises that well-maintained parks build healthy and stable communities and bring health benefits such as encouraging exercise, improving mental wellbeing and inspiring children to play.
First time awards went to Johnston Gardens in Aberdeen, Silver Sands and Hawkcraig Point in Aberdour, Haugh Park in Cupar and Dundee Law.
Edinburgh has the highest number of Green Flags with 30 parks achieving the honour, including Princes Street Gardens, Corstorphine Hill and Portobello Community Garden.
Seven parks in Glasgow received the award, including Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Pollok Country Park.
Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “I would like to congratulate all 73 parks from across Scotland for achieving this prestigious benchmark.
“It is pleasing to see the number of Green Flag awards in Scotland increasing year on year.
“Good quality green open spaces are vital to the health and wellbeing of local communities, families and individuals.
“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: “It Dundee Law has been awarded a Green Flag for its quality, along with Haugh Park in Cupar, top right, and Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, above right. is important that the places and spaces in which we live, work and play are designed to promote good health and reduce health inequalities. Having access to good quality green space is an essential part of this.
“It means people are more likely to be physically active and socially connected.”