Date: 11 Oct 2021
Twenty parks and open spaces in Belfast have picked up coveted Green Flag Awards once again this year.
The awards were revealed today by environmental charity, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, and are an internationally recognised certification for environmental quality management for parks and open spaces.
Among the parks’ winners were Barnett Demesne, Botanic Gardens, Belmont Park, Cavehill Country Park, Connswater Community Greenway, Drumglass Park, Dunmurry Park, Dunville Park, Falls Park, Grove Park, Knocknagoney Park, Lagan Meadows, Musgrave Park, Ormeau Park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, Tullycarnet Park, Waterworks and Woodvale Parks. Half Moon Lake and Roselawn Cemetery also received Green Flag awards.
A Special Green Flag Heritage Award was also presented to Botanic Gardens. This accolade is presented for sites which make the most of their unique heritage features and enhance the visitor experience.
Rachel Vaughan, who manages the Green Flag Awards programme, said she hoped people would use the awards as an incentive to visit some new places in one of the nicest seasons of the year.
She said: “We all love a walk through the autumn leaves and it’s uplifting to discover a new spot to enjoy. When you visit a Green Flag park or open space, you can be reassured that the location is being managed to a really high standard as they’ve been through a rigorous judging process that assesses sites across a range of issues including their horticultural standards, cleanliness, biodiversity and safety. And at a time when many people’s finances are under pressure, it’s important to highlight the fact that all Green Flag spaces are free to everyone.”
Find out more about the Green Flag Awards at www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org
For more information on our parks, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/parks