The Green Flag Award 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 Beach and Marina Awards and Green Key Awards for the hospitality sector. These Award programme show a commitment from business owners and local authorities 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 has gone from strength to strength, with the number of applicants increasing every year.
The scheme is now running in Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany and Australia. 2018/19 was a successful year for Green Flag Awards in Northern Ireland with even more Award winning sites, we now have 71 parks and green spaces flying the Green Flag!
Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House Heritage Award
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 Heritage Award
Kiltonga Nature Reserve
ABC Canal Greenway
Lough Neagh Conservation Area
The Mall Armagh City Heritage Award
Dromore Town Park
Lurgan Public Park
Loughgall Country Park
Portadown Peoples Park
Belfast Botanic Gardens Heritage Award
Cavehill Country Park
Connswater Community Greenway
Half Moon Lake
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
Bashfordsland 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
Ballyeaston Church Ruin
Rathfern Activity Centre
Toome Linear Park
Congratulations to all the Green Flag Award winners 2018
For more information on Green Flag for Awards please contact Nicola Fitzsimons.
Full list of criteria used to judge a green flag sites.