Two Midlothian parks presented with Green Flag Awards
Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that 71 Scottish parks have been presented with a Green Flag Award in 2019 and Midlothian is home to two of them.
Celebrating green spaces
The International Green Flag Award, administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, acts as a benchmark for recreational outdoor space. The award celebrates well maintained parks and green spaces and supports the opportunities that they provide to enable exercise, improve mental wellbeing and provide safe spaces for play. Almost 2,000 parks across the world have achieved the award.
The Midlothian parks celebrating their 2019 Green Flag awards are Kings Park, Dalkeith and Straiton Pond.
Councillor Derek Milligan, Midlothian Council Leader, commented: “We are delighted that two of Midlothian’s open spaces feature in this year’s prestigious Green Flag Awards. It is tribute to the hard work of all those involved in maintaining these much valued outdoor spaces that we have once again received this accolade. It’s also recognition of the council’s commitment to providing high quality green spaces for exercise, play and general wellbeing.”
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said “I would like to congratulate the award winning parks from Midlothian. Receiving this prestigious international benchmark recognises all of the hard work that has gone into maintaining and managing these precious green open spaces."
Making lives and places better
Julie Procter, Chief Executive of greenspace scotland, added: “We know that greenspace is good for people and communities - it makes our lives and places better. Our goal at greenspace scotland is that everyone enjoys easy access to quality greenspace which meets their needs and improves their quality of life. This is why we’re delighted to see so many Scottish parks being presented with a Green Flag award in 2019 and would like to offer a big well done to everyone who works hard on achieving the award for Scotland’s parks”