The small and spectacular reserve set deep in the River North Esk valley, Springfield Mill has just received the Green Flag Award, a sign to visitors that the park is well-maintained and well-managed,
The small and spectacular reserve set deep in the River North Esk valley, Springfield Mill has just received the Green Flag Award, a sign to visitors that the park is well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.
Councillor Wilma Chalmers, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Midlothian Council, said: "A big congratulations to Ranger Jo Cooke and the rest of the team on this wonderful project. It is amazing how fast Springfield Mill has developed so that now so many people can enjoy it."
After the paper mill closed in the late 1960s, the site became more and more derelict. Working closely with Springfield Mill Action Group (SMAG), Midlothian Council completed the restoration just two years ago. Work included creating seasonal ponds, a wildflower meadow and new wooded areas for wildlife. New paths were also built to allow public access.
A huge thank you goes to everyone who worked alongside the Council's Ranger Service and SMAG to help secure the Green Flag Award. These include local residents who do everything from opening the gates to picking up rubbish at Springfield.
Conservation volunteers and partners include Lothian's Conservation Volunteers, The Green Team & Green Shoots, The Edinburgh Dirty Weekenders, the Criminal Justice Team and the Future Jobs Team supervised by Peter Davidson.
The award for Springfield Mill comes just a year after Roslin Glen Country Park in Midlothian earned its Green Flag.
The applications for the Green Flag Awards are judged against eight criteria: a welcoming place; healthy safe and secure; clean and well maintained; sustainability; conservation and heritage; community involvement; marketing; and management.
The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed by a consortium, including Keep Britain Tidy.
Springfield Mill is one of a record number of parks and green spaces receiving the Green Flag Award this year, ensuring that even more of us now have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces.
In 2011, 1,288 parks and green spaces will fly either the Green Flag or Community Award, a sign that the value of green space is widely acknowledged as vital to our communities.