A record 29 of Edinburgh’s parks achieved Green Flags in the 2015 national competition, which recognises high quality green spaces. The City of Edinburgh Council is now ranked second amongst UK local authorities with regards to the number of successful applications.
The Capital received almost half of the 65 flags issued in Scotland. Three new Edinburgh parks, Ferniehill Community Park, Rosefield Park and Starbank Park received the status for the first time in 2015 joining the other 26 parks already waving their Green Flag.
The Green Flag Award is the UK’s national standard for parks and green spaces and is administered in Scotland by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful. To make sure the capitals parks are kept to a high standard, each year the Council checks all its parks and gardens using Green Flag Award criteria. This inspection is carried out by formal Green Flag judges along with other council officers, council partners and members of the public. From this assessment, each park is given a parks quality score.
Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “The awards are given to those parks that give everyone access to a safe, clean and pleasant space where they can relax, meet, play and exercise and I’m delighted that so many of our parks can now wave a Green Flag.
“The quality of Edinburgh’s parks continues to improve. I am very proud of all our award winning parks and those who work all year round, and in all weather to make our parks beautiful.”
The Council has been taking part in the Green Flag Award scheme 2007, when two Green Flags were achieved.
The complete list of Edinburgh’s flag winning parks are: Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park
Braidburn Valley Park
Craigmillar Castle Park
Easter Craiglockhart Hill
Ferniehill Community park
Ferry Glen and Back Braes
Hailes Quarry Park
Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill
Hopetoun Crescent Garden
King George V and Scotland Yard Park
London Road Gardens
Muir Wood Park
Pentland Hills Regional Park
Portobello Community Garden
Princes Street Gardens
Ravelston Woods and Park
St Margarets Park
Station Road Park