Another award for Edinburgh Parks

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Edinburgh parks were making the headlines as many were awarded with the prestigious Green Flag award for well-being of the park or greenspace.

The parks honoured in this string of awards, were Pentland Hills, winning for a second year running, and Easter Craiglockhart Hill,  received the accolade after the Council worked with the local ‘friends’ group and Edinburgh Napier University to preserve and improve the woods.

This year has been a bumper year for parks in Edinburgh with the Pentland Regional Park and Easter Craiglockhart Hill being joined by Harrison Park, Braidburn Valley Park and Hopetoun Crescent Garden in the award of a Green Flag. The Friends of Corstorphine Hill were also awarded Scotland’s first Green Pennant. Edinburgh now has half of the Green Flags awarded across Scotland.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader at the City of Edinburgh Council, was on hand to take credit and give us his opinion. He said: “Edinburgh has a wealth of fantastic green spaces, some of which are stunning examples of all that a Green Flag park should be. The Council is committed to this and our parks team is working hard with local ‘friends’ groups and local communities to ensure that Edinburgh’s parks and green spaces are of the highest standard.”

Credit goes to the workers for picking up rubbish and planting the seeds. One group who has seen their park receive the award are called Friends of Craiglockhart Woods and Nature Trail. Amoung some the job they have achieved are planting of 400 native trees, upgrading paths for wheel chair users and planting of a massive 8,500 native bluebells.

Hilda Henderson, Secretary and her group of volunteers at the Friends of Craiglockhart Woods and Nature Trail. Hilda added: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this award. The group, along with the Council and local community, has been working for the past 11 years to improve this area and protect urban wildlife. It is great that this park is now being recognised in this way.”

The Council, the Scottish Government and most importantly the people of Scotland can take credit for making Scotland greener and a better place to live.