Kildare County Council have been awarded two Green Flag sites, for Liffey Linear Park in Newbridge and Zero Waste Community Garden in Rathcoffey. The Green Flag awards are the international accreditation for public park excellence in Ireland and reflect the importance of parks and open spaces in the county. It also demonstrates the importance of the partnerships Kildare County Council has with Newbridge Tidy Towns and the Community Garden Committee, Rathcoffey, and the many hours that the volunteers with both groups provide to achieve the Green Flag Award.
Three Green Flag Awards were bestowed on sites in Kildare also; Maynooth University Campus, Maynooth Sensory Garden and Castletown House & Parklands, representing the collective effort of community groups across Kildare.
Ireland was today awarded a total of 103 Green Flag sites, comprising 84 formal public Green Flag Park sites, along with 19 volunteer run Green Community Sites. This year over 2,300 public sites in 16 countries around the World have achieved Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award status. More Green Flag Awards were secured by Irish Parks and Gardens than by any country, other than the UK where the scheme originated.
The Green Flag Community Award extends the Scheme to include community initiatives such as Community Gardens, Community Parks, and Tidy Towns Projects. In Ireland the Green Flag Community Award Scheme is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Source: Kildare County Council