Council continues to grow its number of award-winning parks

July 29, 2022

This week, at Brownlow House, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was awarded seven prestigious Green Flag Awards from the environmental charity - Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

The council was also highly commended for its pollinator work at Billy Neill MBE Country Park.

Billy Neill MBE Country Park, Moat Park, Moira Demesne, Castle Gardens, Bells Lane Allotments, Sir Milne Barbour Memorial Park and Wallace Park have maintained their Green Flag status.

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Michelle Guy, speaking about the seven awards, said: “I am delighted at the number of prestigious Green Flags achieved within our council parks. These awards presented to our parks and green spaces are a testament to the hard work and dedication of both our staff and volunteers.

“The council’s parks and open spaces play an important role within the community by providing space for events and opportunities for families and individuals to be active outdoors. I want to say a huge ‘well done’ to everyone involved.”

A Green Flag is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Also speaking about the council’s success, Chair of the council’s the Leisure & Community Development Committee, Councillor Aaron McIntyre, added: “I am delighted Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council continues to receive national recognition for its parks and open spaces. 

“The continued diligence and enthusiasm of council officers and volunteers each week ensures our open spaces are neat and tidy at all times.

“Wallace Park has retained the award for the fifth year running, with Castle Gardens receiving its Green Flag for the twelfth year. I would like to thank everyone involved in keeping these facilities to the Green Flag award-winning standard. 

“Seven awards is an absolutely tremendous achievement.  Thank you to everyone involved in keeping these vital community facilities in immaculate condition.”

If you are interested in finding out more information about the Green Flag Award or other programmes run by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, email enquiries@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org, call 028 9073 6920 or go to www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org