Eden allotments site gets Green Flag award

Pictured collecting the awards are (L-R): Kim Moore, Heyn Environmental Solutions; Alison Diver, MEA Growing Communities Officer; Stephen Daye, MEA Head of Parks and Open Spaces; Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Michelle McIlveen MLA; Noel Robinson, Parks Manager; Zoe Lindsay, Carnfunnock Park Manager; Ald John Carson, Chair of Operations Committee and Sue Christie, Vice Chair of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.  INCT 30-731-CON
Pictured collecting the awards are (L-R): Kim Moore, Heyn Environmental Solutions; Alison Diver, MEA Growing Communities Officer; Stephen Daye, MEA Head of Parks and Open Spaces; Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Michelle McIlveen MLA; Noel Robinson, Parks Manager; Zoe Lindsay, Carnfunnock Park Manager; Ald John Carson, Chair of Operations Committee and Sue Christie, Vice Chair of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. INCT 30-731-CON

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is celebrating success after collecting three Green Flag Awards for its high standards in recreational green areas.

Eden Allotment Gardens, Carrickfergus; Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne and the Ecos Nature Park, Ballymena were all awarded the environmental accolade.

It brings the total number of Green Flag accredited spaces in the borough to seven.

The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK and recognises excellence in the management of public spaces.

Applications are judged against a number of key criteria: a welcoming place; healthy, safe and secure; clean and well maintained; sustainability; conservation and heritage; community involvement, and marketing and management.

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, July 21 at the Palace Demesne in Armagh.