The Green Flag Award, administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, is a benchmark for quality green space. The winning Midlothian parks are run by Midlothian Council and join more than 60 others from across the country that are celebrating receiving the award. A full list of award winners can be found here.
Mr Beattie commented:
“This is terrific news and a just reward for the great work the Council has done in maintaining these parks.
“In this day and age, when green space is at a premium, it’s highly reassuring to know that Midlothian has no shortage of peaceful and tranquil parks. My strongest congratulations go to all those involved in this award.”
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:
“We know that local environments define communities. Research shows that poorly maintained spaces have a direct correlation with lower health outcomes for residents.
“The Green Flag Award helps ensure parks and open spaces are well managed so that people have access to good quality open space and are able to build thriving communities around them.
“With more parks flying the Green Flag Award than ever before, this is true recognition of everyone’s hard work in helping to make Scotland greener and cleaner. We are very proud of all our award winners and those who work all year round, rain or shine, to make Scottish parks beautiful.”
To be considered for the awards, the parks managing authority must apply. Further information on how to see your local park involved in the Green Flag Awards can be found at: www.greenflagaward.org.