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The Council Receives Three Awards for its Green Spaces

The Council Receives Three Awards for its Green Spaces

July 31, 2018

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to have been awarded three prestigious Green Flag Awards from the environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

The Council is pleased Moat Park, Dundonald has received its first Green Flag.  This accolade is very timely as the new outdoor performance area, which was part funded by the Department for Communities, was officially opened in March.

Castle Gardens and Wallace Park will continue to fly the Green Flag in recognition of the outstanding quality of both the green spaces and the hard work and dedication of council officers to maintain this outstanding award.

The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, speaking about the three Awards, said: “I am proud that Moat Park, Castle Gardens and Wallace Park have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag status.  The Council’s parks and open spaces play an important part within the community, offering events and activities throughout the year and an area for residents and visitors to relax.  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, and attending the event on behalf of the Chair of the Council’s the Leisure & Community Development Committee Alderman Paul Porter who was unavailable, former Chairman Alderman James Tinsley added: “I am delighted that Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has received national recognition for three of the Council’s most popular green spaces.  Moat Park has secured its first Green Flag; and this is excellent news for a local facility widely used by local residents and groups. 

“Wallace Park has retained the Award for the third year running, with Castle Gardens receiving its Green Flag Award for the tenth year.  Three awards is an absolutely tremendous achievement; and I would like to thank everyone involved in keeping these facilities in immaculate condition.”

Dr Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.

“We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in Northern Ireland for people to experience, and encourage the public to head outdoors.

“The Green Flag Award is a sign of a well-managed, clean and safe park and with many people increasingly relying on their local park as a place to exercise, relax and have fun, quality green space has never been more important.

“Research shows that people will only visit a park if they perceive it to be clean and safe; and the Green Flag Award is an easy way for the public to see at a glance that their park meets the highest standards.

“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the hundreds of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

If you are interested in finding out further information about the Green Flag Award or other programmes run by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful please e-mail us on enquiries@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org call us on 028 9073 6920 or check out our website www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org