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Green Flag Award for Craiglockhart Nature Reserve

posted 27 Jul 2009, 03:51 by myEdinburgh Admin

Easter Craiglockhart Hill Local Nature Reserve was presented with a Green Flag Award at a ceremony on 23 July 2009

The Green flag Award Scheme provides national quality standards for parks and green spaces.  It is like the Blue Flag accreditation scheme for beaches.

The Green Flag Award Scheme was launched in England and Wales in 1996.  It was introduced to Scotland in 2008.

The Green Flag Award recognises well managed and high quality green spaces.  It is a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country.  It is also a means of encouraging others to achieve the same high environmental standards, creating a benchmark for excellence in recreational green areas.

To be eligible for the award the site must be freely accessible to the public and perform well against set criteria such as being a welcoming place, clean and well maintained, reflecting interest in conservation and heritage and community involvement.

There were only 10 winners this year from Scotland so Easter Craiglockhart Hill has done well to be awarded one of the 10 Green Flags in Scotland.  The Green Flag is valid for one year so we shall have to work hard as a community to ensure that we retain our green flag next year.

Once a flag pole has been organised and installed, probably near the pond so it is very visible, a formal ceremony will be arranged to raise the flag.  This will be widely publicised in the community when the date is arranged.

Further information is available on the Green Flag website

 

Source: Craiglockhart Community Council

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