Rathain Fold and Tullaghmurray Fold in Portstewart get Green Flags

Rathain Fold and Tullaghmurray Fold in Portstewart get Green Flags

Four Radius Housing schemes, including Rathain Fold, Coleraine and Tullaghmurray Fold in Portstewart, have been recognised for the high standards of their communal garden spaces with the award of the Green Flag by Keep NI Beautiful - the first time a housing association  in Northern Ireland have been awarded this status.

The Green Flag Award is the international benchmark for publicly accessible parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom and around the world, and is managed by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful (KNIB) in Northern Ireland.  To be eligible community green spaces must be accessible to the public and must be maintained to a high standard as set out by KNIB.  Traditionally the award has been made to parks, community gardens, woodland and nature reserves.

This is the first time that a housing association has sought Green Flag status, and the four Radius Housing schemes; Tullyvallen Fold in Newtownhamilton, Rathain Fold in Coleraine, Maine Fold in Randalstown, and Tullaghmurray Fold in Portstewart, were awarded their Green Flags at a special ceremony in Brownlow House.

Speaking after the award ceremony Melanie Rintoul from Radius Housing said “Having welcoming, well-kept green spaces around our housing schemes is something that we believe is extremely important. It does not only improve how the area looks, it has an important social role and  a positive impact on our wellbeing, as well as raising our environmental standards.

“Often we find that it is groups of tenants who are the driving force behind these projects, and they help create strong and proud local communities. Green Flag status is important as it ensures that the standards, accessibility and general upkeep of the area are extremely high and this should not be limited to the traditional spaces we associate such awards with. We are delighted that four of our housing schemes have been recognised with Green Flags, and we hope that we can raise the standards across all green space and build more welcoming communities with more Green flags in the future.”

Yvonne Thompson, Scheme Co-Ordinator at  Rathain Fold, added “At Rathain fold our tenants really value the green spaces, and they are used by so many people who are visiting family or friends. They are also important for the wider community, and we are proud of how well kept they are which is why people want to spend time here.”

Sheila Donnelly, scheme co-ordinator at Tullaghmurray Fold added “The Green Flag is important to us all here, as it recognises the work so many have put in to making this a welcoming community."

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