What is Green Flag?
The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. The award scheme began in 1996 as a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country. It was also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve the same high environmental standards, creating a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.
Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. Throughout England and Wales the owners, managers and staff of many parks and green spaces work tirelessly to ensure their application for the prestigious Green Flag Award is successful. The number of applicants increases year after year and with this increasing interest in the scheme it is clear the Green Flag Award scheme is a resounding success.
There has recently been much discussion about the declining quality of our city parks and lack of focus upon rural green spaces. While this is undoubtedly a cause for concern in many places there are also many examples of thriving, popular sites run by dedicated, enthusiastic people working closely with their communities. The Green Flag Award Scheme is the impetus to an ever-increasing improvement in the quality of our parks and green spaces.
Green Flag sites in Lee Valley Regional Park