Limerick parks win Green Flag Awards

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THREE outdoor amenities in Limerick city and county were among the recipients of Green Flag Awards for 2021, announced today by An Taisce Environmental Education.

Páirc Cois Féile /Abbeyfeale Park, The People’s Park in the city centre and Lough Gur Lakeshore Park and Visitor Centre were among the 103 parks and gardens in Ireland to receive the award.

Minister of State for Community Development and Charities; Joe O’Brien said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the hard work put in by park staff, and community volunteers, across the country. Not only in achieving this Green Flag Success for Ireland today, but in maintaining the many parks, gardens, and greens across the country for our mutual benefit. It is a great credit that they largely remained open and well managed at this difficult time.”

The number of Green Flag Awards for the best parks and gardens to visit in Ireland has increased again this year, with 32 local authorities and park operators now partnering with An Taisce in delivering the international scheme.

Only awarded for exceeding tough environmental standards in green space management, and excellence of visitor attractions – the Green Flag Award Scheme is the mark of a quality park or green space and is recognised throughout the world. This year over 2,300 public sites in 16 countries around the World have achieved Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award status.

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Once again more Green Flag Awards have been secured by Irish Parks and Gardens than by any country, other than the UK where the scheme originated in 1996.

This year has also seen the number of Green Flag Community Award sites in Ireland continue to increase.

The Green Flag Awards are judged every year by a peer jury of green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, and community involvement.