Carnfunnock Country Park has been celebrating the achievement of the prestigious Green Flag Award.
This benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK was granted this summer. Carnfunnock Country Park also maintained its four-star Tourism NI Visitor Attraction grading.
All Carnfunnock Country Park staff and Parks grounds maintenance staff were invited to tea with the Mayor at the scenic location to mark the accolade.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE said: “Mid and East Antrim entered three new sites for Green Flag consideration this year – Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne; Ecos Nature Park, Ballymena and Eden Allotment Gardens, Carrickfergus – and were delighted that all three sites received the coveted Green Flag Award.
“Council also received four Green Flag Awards last year – for Bashfordsland Wood and Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus; Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead; Dixon Park, Larne and People’s Park, Ballymena – and are very pleased to have been awarded the Green Flag Award for these four sites again this year thanks to all our Parks and Open Spaces staff, who have been keeping up the high standards,” Cllr Wales said.
The Green Flag Award has been running for many years and has become the recognised benchmark national standard for high quality parks and green spaces.
Green Flag Award applications are judged against eight key criteria which are; A welcoming place, Healthy, safe and secure, Clean and well maintained, Sustainability, Conservation and heritage, Community involvement, Marketing and Management.
Having a Green Flag Award is also a great attraction for tourism as research shows that people will make special trips to award-winning sites. It also acts as an excellent lever to obtain external funding through improvement grants and maximising revenue opportunities within a site.