Green Flag Community Award 2023/24
We did it! We have been awarded a Green Flag Community Award 2023/24!
The Green Flag Award® scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Purpose and Aims
- To ensure that everybody has access to quality green and other open spaces, irrespective of
where they live
- To ensure that these spaces are appropriately managed and meet the needs of the
communities that they serve
- To establish standards of good management, and to promote and share best practice
amongst the green space sector
- To recognise and reward the hard work of managers, staff and volunteers.
A successful Green Flag Award site demonstrates through a sound management plan and a well run site that the management understand:
- their users – who they are, who they could be, what they want, how they are informed and
- their site – what is special about its history, biodiversity, landscape, social and physical
setting, and what it is trying to achieve
- their management strategy – that what is there is safe, in line with legislation and policy,
well maintained and that there are plans for the future.
This is what we were judged on. Taken from the Green Flag Community Award website.
A Welcoming Place
First impressions are all too important and the site should look inviting. Issues that must be considered are: good and safe access, welcome, signage and equal access for all. The site should be freely accessible to the public. However, we are fully aware that sites may well have to be locked at night for security reasons or that access to the site may be restricted to regular, advertised open days, with a designated member being the key holder.
Healthy, Safe and Secure
It is of paramount importance that the site is safe. Issues such as personal security, safe equipment and facilities, appropriate level of facilities and control of dogs, and dog fouling must be considered. Sites should encourage people to live healthy lifestyles through the facilities, activities and events provided.
Well Maintained and Clean
There should be an appropriate standard of maintenance throughout the site and effective management skills to combat issues including: litter, fouling and waste management, as well as graffiti and vandalism.
Judges will examine environmental issues such as peat and pesticide use, sustainable material use, waste and its minimisation.
Biodiversity, Landscape and Heritage
Each green space is unique and has its own character. The judges will be looking at how the natural and historic features are identified on site, and what measures have been taken to enhance them where appropriate.
This is a key criterion for the Green Flag Community Award as it looks to how well the site relates to and encompasses the local and wider community.
Here judges will be looking at what you have achieved, not only in terms of managing the green space, but also what funding and resources you have secured and how you have used them. How creative and innovative you have been with projects on your site will also be of interest.
The news that the Queen’s Promenade has achieved the accreditation – the international quality mark for parks and green spaces – is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that care for the green space so that everyone can enjoy it.
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved at the Queen’s Promenade in achieving a Green Flag Award. The Queen’s Promenade is a vital green space for the community in Kingston, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles. The volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”
A special mention to supporter and Friend Martina who brought this award to Graham’s attention and thank you Graham for filling in the application, and being there for the inspection and site assessment.
Our Chair Stefan, said: “A very proud moment for us all. Massive congratulations to us all for bringing QPF to where it is today!”
Congratulations to our fellow community garden, Friends of Canbury Gardens for winning a Green Flag award too. We’ve done Kingston upon Thames proud! Kingst
You can explore the Winners on the Green Flag Award website and map.