Green for go for Midlothian parks

Kings Park, Dalkeith
Kings Park, Dalkeith

Four Midlothian parks have been presented with a Green Flag Award this year in recognition of their high standards and quality outdoor space.

Roslin Glen, Vogrie Country Park, King’s Park and Springfield Mill join more than 60 other parks from across the country in receiving the award, with entrants in Fife, Stirling, Aberdeen and Edinburgh being represented amongst the winners for the first time.

Councillor Joe Wallace (SNP), the Provost of Midlothian, said: “Our Green Flag successes are a major achievement for us here in Midlothian and are testament to the hundreds of hours that our Rangers and Land Services staff, along with scores of volunteers, spend making sure our parks are outstanding.

“Well done to everyone involved and if anyone has yet to visit our award-winning parks or has not been for a while, please go and enjoy these amazing spaces.”

The Green Flag Award, administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, is a benchmark for quality green space.

Parks are assessed by volunteer judges with a background in parks management, conservation or ecology.

Applicants are judged against a testing criteria which includes assessing whether the park or green space is welcoming, safe, well-maintained and secure.

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.”