dlr Parks win four Green Flag Awards 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018
dlr County
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We are delighted that Marlay, Cabinteely, Blackrock and People's Park today were today awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award by An Taisce Environment Education. The Green Flag Award is an international benchmarking standard for parks and green spaces and aims to encourage the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways.

Our Chief of Parks Ruairi O'Dulaing said the following;

Green Flag awards are significant in the Parks concerned, considering their popularity and very high footfall. We are particularly proud of our improving standards of sustainability which sees us minimising chemical and water usage, and maximizing the opportunities for pollinators. It is our aim to increase the number of Green Flags into the future.


The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal – Damien English T.D., was in attendance today to open the award ceremony, and to support how the important role played by local authorities is being recognised by today’s award ceremony.

Minister English commented that “the Green Flag Awards encourage the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways. The act of planning, creating, and using a public utility, be it a community garden, park or open space, brings people, communities and neighbours together.  It is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle to have access to, and to be able to enjoy, outdoor amenities particularly those which are so well tended and maintained”.

The Green Flag Awards are judged every year by a peer jury of green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, and community involvement. In Ireland the Green Flag Award for Parks Scheme has been enthusiastically received by park management as it delivers major wins for the delivery of quality green spaces by respective parks and park departments. These include:

•         The promotion and reward for best practice management

•         Creation of a plan for improvements and future works

•         The building of a collaborative network of park management nationally

•         The implementation of environmental sustainability within park management

“In terms of urban renewal, and rural and community development, the Green Flag Award for Parks is a logical and sensible step towards supporting community engagement with green space improvement, and helps increase quality of life within our communities.” said Robert Moss, the Green Flag Award for Parks Manager for the Republic of Ireland.

Robert Moss also noted that this year’s introduction of the Green Flag Community Award is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development because “it builds a very constructive conduit for information, knowledge and skill share between the professional and voluntary green space management sectors within our society”.