Council Parks retain Green Flag excellence

Councils across Northern Ireland are celebrating success in the Green Flag awards.

Among them is Belfast City Council, whose 15 pristine parks have achieved prestigious Green Flag status for consistently maintaining high quality standards.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s amenities at Castle Gardens and Wallace Park are also on the award winning list, as are parks in other council areas.

The UK wide Green Flag status is awarded to parks that show excellence in management and maintaining clean aesthetic open spaces. It’s also awarded to parks promoting conservation and heritage, environmental sustainability, safety and good community involvement.

The Green Flag Awards are proving to be such a success that they're having to form an orderly queue – R-L - Michelle McIlveen MLA, Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs; Sue Christie, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Vice Chair; Ald Deborah Girvan, Mayor of Ards and North Down Borough Council; Cllr Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council; Cllr Brian Bloomfield MBE, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; Cllr Sharon McLee, Deputy Chairperson, Mid Ulster District Council; John MacFarlane, Parks Quality Manager, Belfast City Council; Ald John Carson, Chair of the Operations Committee, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council; Cllr Paul Greenfield, Deputy Lord Mayor, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; Ken McFall, Cemeteries Supervisor, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council; Paul Edge, Ballyeaston Village Committee and Kim Moore, Digital Marketing Executive, Heyn Environmental Solutions.
The Green Flag Awards are proving to be such a success that they’re having to form an orderly queue – R-L – Michelle McIlveen MLA, Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs; Sue Christie, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Vice Chair; Ald Deborah Girvan, Mayor of Ards and North Down Borough Council; Cllr Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council; Cllr Brian Bloomfield MBE, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; Cllr Sharon McLee, Deputy Chairperson, Mid Ulster District Council; John MacFarlane, Parks Quality Manager, Belfast City Council; Ald John Carson, Chair of the Operations Committee, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council; Cllr Paul Greenfield, Deputy Lord Mayor, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; Ken McFall, Cemeteries Supervisor, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council; Paul Edge, Ballyeaston Village Committee and Kim Moore, Digital Marketing Executive, Heyn Environmental Solutions.

Dr. Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the hundreds of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”