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Highlands Green Space Wins Green Flag Award

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Keep Scotland Beautiful announces 2023 award-winning parks and open green spaces

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has announced a Highlands green space has been presented with a Green Flag Award.

Recognising the very best of our country’s outdoor areas, the International Green Flag Award acts as a benchmark for clean, safe and well-maintained parks and green spaces.

Administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Green Flag Award supports the opportunities that our green spaces provide to enable exercise, improve mental wellbeing and provide safe spaces for play.

Winners of the 2023 awards include parks managed by local authorities, community groups, universities and other organisations.

Viewfield Park Orchard, managed by Greenhive, Nairn, has won a Community Award for the second year in a row.

Jamie Ormiston, Senior Awards Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“Congratulations to Viewfield Park Orchard.

“Every park has a wide range of people visiting them and their requirements can vary.

“What is essential is that they are well maintained and provide a place for people to relax and have fun.

“Our award-winning parks have demonstrated they are worthy winners, meeting the criteria of the coveted international award.

“Receiving this prestigious benchmark recognises all the hard work that has gone into maintaining and managing these precious green open spaces.

“It is imperative that Scotland reconnects with the natural world if we are to fix the biodiversity crisis and these green spaces will provide a space for people of all ages to do that.

“Green spaces are so important for our physical and mental wellbeing and it’s fantastic to see such a wide range of parks and green spaces across the entire length of the country.

“I encourage everyone to make the most of them this summer.”

Neil Mapes, Chief Operating Officer at Greenhive, said:

“Green Hive is so pleased to have achieved our Green Flag Award for another year, the volunteers in Nairn do an amazing job in ensuring the community Orchard continues to thrive and be well used by the community.”

A total of 87 green spaces in Scotland have won a Green Flag Award for 2023.

Across the UK there were 2,216 winners, a record number and up eight from 2022’s total of 2,208.

Visit Green Flag Award | Keep Scotland Beautiful for more information.

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