Five Stirling parks are celebrating after being presented with Green Flags in the latest round of awards.
The International Green Flag Award, administered in Scotland by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, acts as a benchmark for recreational outdoor space.
The award celebrates well maintained parks and greenspaces and supports the opportunities that they provide to enable exercise, improve mental wellbeing and provide safe spaces for play. Almost 2,000 parks across the world have achieved the award.
The Stirling parks celebrating their 2019 Green Flag awards are:
- Beechwood Park
- Causewayhead Park
- Ladywell Park
- Pullar Memorial Park
- Breadalbane Park
Stirling Council Convener of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson, said, “It is brilliant to see so many of Stirling’s parks achieve Green Flag Status. The quality of our open spaces plays a big part in making Stirling’s towns and areas must-visit destinations where people want to come and spend time and money.
“These prestigious awards underline that we know who our park users are, what they want from their parks and are providing the resources to make sure they enjoy a positive experience.”
Vice Convenor, Councillor Danny Gibson, said, “The Green Flag Award is the benchmark for green spaces and the excellent work of our staff who maintain and improve the parks deserves recognition. We will continue to work with communities to ensure these high standards are maintained and provide people of all ages with a safe and clean local environment.”
Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, Derek Robertson, said, “I would like to congratulate the award winning parks from Stirling. Receiving this prestigious international benchmark recognises all of the hard work that has gone into maintaining and managing these precious green openspaces.
“Every single one of these parks provides an invaluable service to the local communities that it serves - from creating a safe space to play, to think, to exercise - helping to address many of the health and wellbeing challenges we face as a country.”
Spending time in nature can be good for people’s health and wellbeing, and living in a greener neighbourhood can improve health outcomes. The Green Flag Award recognises the valuable contribution these parks make towards the nation’s well-being.
Chief Executive of greenspace scotland, Julie Procter, said, “We know that greenspace is good for people and communities- it makes our lives and places better. Our goal at greenspace scotland is that everyone enjoys easy access to quality greenspace which meets their needs and improves their quality of life. This is why we’re delighted to see so many Scottish parks being presented with a Green Flag award in 2019 and would like to offer a big well done to everyone who works hard on achieving the award for Scotland’s parks”
A detailed map of Scotland’s Green Flag sites can be found here.