Dublin Receives Prestigious Green Flag for Parks
At an awards ceremony on the 23rd July in Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House, Antrim, Dublin City Council was awarded a Green Flag for Award for Poppintree and Bushy Parks and the OPW received the award for St. Stephens Green Park and Grangegorman Military Cemetery.
The award scheme which is already established in more than 50 countries was trialled in a limited number of Parks in 2015 and it will be rolled out nationwide in subsequent years and administered in the Republic of Ireland by An Taisce.
The Green Flag is awarded in recognition of achieving quality standards for the presentation of Parks and recreation facilities. It promotes high horticultural and environmental standards and a benchmark for excellence in Park management based on acknowledged international best practice.
“Dublin City Council manages over 1,500 hectares of parks, green spaces and urban trees and I would like to congratulate the staff of the Parks and Landscape on achieving this award. Is mór an t-aitheantas é an gradam seo don sárobair a dhéanann na Seirbhísí Páirceanna agus Tírdhreacha ar son mhuintir na cathrach” a dúirt an tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh.
Simon Harris, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works said “ I am delighted that my Office, the OPW, has been awarded the Green Flag for St. Stephen's Green Park and Grangegorman Military Cemetery. I know Margaret Gormley, Chief Park Superintendent, and her team work tirelessly to maintain such high standards in all our historic parks and these awards are a reflection of their commitment and dedication”.
Leslie Moore, Head of Parks Services for Dublin City Council said “ we are delighted to participate in the Green Flag Award scheme which will set standards for the quality of conservation and management of our parks. The awards for Poppintree and Bushy Parks reflects the dedication and skill of our staff and the active engagement of the local communities in the care of their local parks.
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