GREEN FLAGS FOR BELFAST CITY COUNCIL PARKS

Sun worshippers enjoying the grounds at Belfast's Botanic Gardens

Sun worshippers enjoying the grounds at Belfast’s Botanic Gardens

A dozen Belfast parks have been awarded Green Flags on Monday.

Lagan Meadows and Grove Playing Fields won the accolade this year,.

And that’s on top of ten other sites which secured it last year and achieved the same standard once again.

These are: Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon; Waterworks; Belmont; Musgrave; Falls; Ormeau; Botanic Gardens; Cavehill Country Park; Barnett Demesne and Roselawn Cemetery.

Green Flag awards recognise excellence in parks and open spaces.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, praised local parks staff and the communities who worked with them in achieving this latest success.

“This is fantastic news for Belfast, proof if that was needed of the first class facilities we have in the city,” said the Sinn Féin councillor. “Parks are meant to be community spaces.

“We are extending that remit too providing allotments and community gardens in parks where people can grow fruit and vegetables, eating and exercising in a healthy way.

“We are always stressing to locals and visitors alike how attractive our parks can be and these awards have been won on a range of factors including, community involvement, attractiveness and planting,” he added.

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