Midlothian parks celebrate 2016 Green Flag Award success

Vogrie Country Park, Midlothian

Midlothian parks among the best in the country

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced  that a record breaking number of parks from across Scotland have been presented with a Green Flag Award, including five from Midlothian, in recognition of their high standards and provision of quality outdoor space.

The Midlothian winners

The winning Midlothian parks, run by Midlothian Council, join almost 70 others from across the country celebrating receiving the award.

The Midlothian parks are:

● Memorial Park, Loanhead

● Kings Park, Dalkeith

● Roslin Glen

● Springfield Mill

● Vogrie Country Park

Memorial Park, Loanhead gets its first Green Flag

Provost of Midlothian, Councillor Joe Wallace, said: “We know our parks are among the best in the UK but to be recognised nationally for our fantastic green spaces is always an honour.

“We’re particularly pleased that Memorial Park in Loanhead has joined the growing ranks of Midlothian Green Flag Award winners this year. This is one of the county’s most historic parks. With the help of the community and £154,000 from the landfill tax charity, Wren, the council and developer contributions, the park now has improved landscaping, new paths and an upgraded play area.

The seventh Green Flag for Roslin

“Memorial Park joins Roslin, Springfield Mill, Vogrie and King’s Park in securing a Green Flag. It’s the seventh flag for Roslin, the sixth for Springfield, the fifth for Vogrie and the third for King’s Park.

“The work from all our Land and Countryside staff and scores of volunteers to keep these community spaces as huge assets to the county cannot be overstated. Thanks to each and everyone involved and come and visit the parks to see for yourselves what makes them so special.”

Stringent assessment on each park

All parks are assessed by volunteer judges with a background in park management, conservation or ecology. Applicants are judged against testing criteria which includes assessing whether the park or green space is welcoming, safe, well maintained and secure.

22 Jul 2016