Record num­ber of parks fly­ing the Green Flag

awards: Dundee Law among those recog­nised by Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News - lucinda cameron

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.”

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