Record number of Scottish parks gain Green Flag awards

Braidburn Valley Park in Edinburgh
Image caption Braidburn Valley Park in Edinburgh was among the 51 Scottish parks to collect a Green Flag Award

A record number of Scottish parks have picked up Green Flag awards for the best green spaces in the country.

A total of 51 parks were granted flag status, up from 44 last year.

Two local authority areas - Aberdeen City Council and South Lanarkshire Council - collected flags for the first time, for Duthie Park and Strathaven Park respectively.

The awards are administered in Scotland by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Fife saw three parks scoop flags for the first time - Silver Sands and Hawkcraig Park in Aberdour, Ravenscraig Park in Kirkcaldy and Letham Glen in Leven.

Edinburgh received 24 flags - the same number as last year - while Glasgow earned eight, including new awards for Linn Park and Local Nature Reserve and Hogganfield Park.

Dundee City Council earned four green flags.

'Success story'

Under the Green Flag system, parks or green spaces are assessed against eight criteria, which include whether they are welcoming, clean and well-maintained, sustainable and involve the community.

Carole Noble, head of environmental services for Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: "This is a real success story for Scotland - we now have over 50 Green Flag parks for the first time.

"We're very proud of the local authorities and other park managers, and particularly of the army of local volunteers who work all year round in rain or shine to make Scottish parks beautiful.

"Just like in our other campaigns such as Clean Up Scotland and Beautiful Scotland, great people make great places, and these awards are for them."

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