EDINBURGH’S public parks make up almost half of Scotland’s parks to be recognised for their ‘green’ credentials.
Thirty-five local authority-run parks in the capital have been awarded ‘Green Flag’ status, from a total of 74 across Scotland.
UK-wide, some 2,216 parks have received the accreditation.
Of the 74 ‘Green Flag’ award winners in Scotland, two parks have received additional acknowledgement for ‘heritage’ activity: Duthie Park (Aberdeen City Council) and Belleisle Park (South Ayrshire Council).
And for Edinburgh, there’s a Community Award to the Friends of Corstorphine Hill group, for Corstorphine Hill LNR Community Walled Garden. Plus there are ‘Green Flags’ for Royal Edinburgh Hospital (NHS Lothian) and The Lawn & Central Woodlands (Heriot-Watt University).
So, for Edinburgh across all sectors: 38 in total.
Say the organisers of the awards, here: “A record number of parks and green spaces across the UK have reached the high standards required to receive a coveted Green Flag Award in 2023.
“The scheme is celebrating as 2,216 parks – the largest number since the scheme began 27 years ago – are proudly preparing to raise their flags.”
The announcement adds: “The Green Flag Award, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces, has seen successful submissions from local authorities and other land managers across the country for a range of sites, from world-famous city parks to small, local green spaces.”
Edinburgh’s 35 ‘Green Flag’ parks are joined by Aberdeen City Council (eight), Dundee City (seven) and Glasgow City (one).
Pictured: Spring flowers in Inverleith Park, one of Edinburgh’s Green Flag sites, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland
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