It turns out Edinburgh is top of the tree when it comes to the standard bearer of Scottish parks. Three more have just been awarded a prestigious Green Flag from Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB), which means that the city now has nearly half of all the accredited parks in Scotland – that’s more than three times as many as Glasgow.
Starbank, Rosefield and Ferniehill have joined 27 other parks in Edinburgh on the Green Flag list after receiving the award for the first time.
To secure a flag, staff must ensure their green space is accessible and properly signposted, and that litter, vandalism and dog fouling are kept under control. Facilities such as toilets, drinking water and public telephones should also be available in or near the park.
Derek Robertson, KSB chief executive, 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.
“We are very proud of all our award winners and those who work all year round, rain or shine, to make Scottish parks beautiful.”
City chiefs said they were delighted at the success.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, environment leader, said: “We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful parks across Edinburgh, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
“The high number of Green Flags awarded to the city shows how much we value our green spaces.
“It takes a lot of time and effort throughout the year to ensure that our parks are welcoming, clean and well kept, so it is fantastic that Edinburgh has again been recognised.”