The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.
It was first launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country. The first awards were given in 1997 and, many years later, it continues to provide the high level of quality against which our parks and green spaces are measured. It is also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve high environmental standards, setting a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.
What's more, winning a Green Flag Award® can generate excellent publicity for a site. Both the media and the public are becoming increasingly aware that a site flying a Green Flag is a high quality green space, which can only be a boost to its popularity.
The Green Flag Award is one of a number of accreditation schemes that recognises excellence in the management of our public space. Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful also manages the Blue Flag Award for well managed and clean beaches. Together the Green and Blue Flag Awards are a sign that the area you are visiting is managed to high standards, which have been independently verified.
View the Green Flag Award website.
Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. We realise that all green spaces are different and this diversity is welcomed, with each site being judged on its own merits and suitability to the community it serves.
Since its launch, the Green Flag Award® scheme has gone from strength to strength, with the number of applicants increasing every year.
The scheme is now being piloted in Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany and Australia 2016/17 has been a successful year for Green Flag Awards in Northern Ireland with even more Award winning sites, we now have 51 parks and green spaces flying the Green Flag!
Green Flag Award winning sites in Northern Ireland:
Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy Gardens
Six Mile Water Park
Lilian Bland Park
Valley Park (V36 & Glas-na-braden Glen)
Mill Race Trail
Jordanstown Loughshore Park, Hazelbank Park & Gideons Green
Sentry Hill Historic House & Visitor Centre
Kiltonga Nature Reserve
ABC Canal Greenway
Lough Neagh Conservation Area
The Mall Armagh City
Dromore Town Park
Lurgan Public Park
Belfast Botanic Gardens
Cavehill Country Park
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
Bashfordland Wood and Oakfield Glen
Carnfunnock Country Park
Carrickfergus Mill Ponds, Shaftesbury Park & Marine Gardens
Diamond Jubilee Wood
Ecos Nature Park
Eden Allotment Garden
The People's Park
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Congratulations to all the Green Flag Award winners 2017
Green Heritage Award
Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House
Sentry Hill Historic & Visitor Centre
Both sites are managed by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Green Flag Community Award
Ballyeaston Church Ruin
Managed by Ballyeaston Village Committee
For more information on Green Flag for Awards please contact Nicola Fitzsimons
Full list of criteria used to judge a green flag sites.