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Ards and North Down receive five Green Flags in 2020- Tues 13 Oct

Landscape picture of trees at Castle Park, Bangor

 Date: Tuesday 13 October

The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK

It was first launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country. The first awards were given in 1997 and, many years later, it continues to provide the high level of quality against which our parks and green spaces are measured. It is also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve high environmental standards, setting a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.

What's more, winning a Green Flag Award can generate excellent publicity for a site. Both the media and the public are becoming increasingly aware that a site flying a Green Flag is a high quality green space, which can only be a boost to its popularity.

The Green Flag Award is one of a number of accreditation schemes that recognises excellence in the management of our public space. Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful also manages the Beach and Marina Awards and Green Key Awards for the hospitality sector. These Award programme show a commitment from business owners and local authorities that the area you are visiting is managed to high standards, which have been independently verified.

View the Green Flag Award website.

Welcoming Diversity

Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. We realise that all green spaces are different and this diversity is welcomed, with each site being judged on its own merits and suitability to the community it serves.

Since its launch, the Green Flag Award has gone from strength to strength, with the number of applicants increasing every year.

The scheme is now running in Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany and Australia. 2020/21 was a successful year for Green Flag Awards in Northern Ireland with even more Award winning sites, we now have 78 parks and green spaces flying the Green Flag!

Ards and North Down Borough Council

1.Ballymenoch Park
2.Castle Park
3.Kiltonga Nature Reserve
4.Linear Park, Bangor
5.Londonderry Park

Picture: Castle Park Bangor

Find out more at the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful website.