Three South Lanarkshire parks have received prestigious Green Flag awards.
The environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful gives these accolades each year and recognizes quality green spaces across the country that help improve the health and well-being of our country.
The winning parks in South Lanarkshire are Strathaven Park, Cambuslang Park and Castlebank Park.
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The international Green Flag Award is administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful and serves as a benchmark for outdoor recreational spaces.
The award celebrates well-maintained parks and green spaces and supports the opportunities they provide to enable exercise, improve mental well-being and provide safe play areas – something that has been especially important for everyone. in the past 18 months.
More than 2,000 parks around the world won the award this year.
Among the 2021 winners are spaces run by local authorities, community groups and various other organizations, including the NHS.
South Lanarkshire Council Community and Business Resource Committee Chairman Councilor John Anderson said he was “delighted” that three parks in the area are being recognized.
He told us : ââ This is a testament to the hard work and effort that goes through every day by everyone associated with the parks, including board staff and volunteer groups.
âHaving such beautiful green spaces on our doorstep is one of the many perks of living in a beautiful area like South Lanarkshire.
âCongratulations to everyone who helped parks achieve Green Flag status. “
Barry Fisher, Managing Director of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said Lanarkshire Live : âI would like to congratulate all of Scotland’s award-winning parks.
âReceiving this prestigious international benchmark recognizes all the hard work that has gone into the upkeep and management of these precious green spaces.
“Each of these parks provide an invaluable service to the local communities they serve – from creating a safe space to play, think, train – and they have helped meet many health and wellness challenges. we faced as a country during lockdown.
âSpending time in nature can be good for the health and well-being of people, and just living in a greener neighborhood can be good for you.
“The Green Flag Award recognizes the valuable and tangible contribution these parks make to the well-being of the nation.”
A detailed map of Scotland’s Green Flag sites can be found here.
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