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Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Kilbroney Park and Warrenpoint Municipal Park have each received a Green Flag Award which recognises excellence in the management of public parks and green spaces.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey said, ”Our Council is delighted to receive this prestigious Green Flag Award for Slieve Gullion, Kilbroney and Warrenpoint parks. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful green spaces in our district for people to experience, and we encourage the public to head outdoors.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey celebrates the Green Flag Award for Warrenpoint Municipal Park 2019-2020 with park staff and volunteers. From left: Jim Boylan, Brian McCalmont and Olga Fitzpatrick, Park Steering Committee; Mark Kelly, President WBR Chamber of Commerce; Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey; Joanne Cummins, Heritage Officer; Gerry Kane, Park Keeper; Shane McGivern, Project Development Officer and Rodney McBride, Volunteer Outreach.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey celebrates the Green Flag Award for Warrenpoint Municipal Park 2019-2020 with park staff and volunteers. From left: Jim Boylan, Brian McCalmont and Olga Fitzpatrick, Park Steering Committee; Mark Kelly, President WBR Chamber of Commerce; Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey; Joanne Cummins, Heritage Officer; Gerry Kane, Park Keeper; Shane McGivern, Project Development Officer and Rodney McBride, Volunteer Outreach.

“It is a great honour for the Council to receive this award for our parks and green spaces and I would like to thank the staff, volunteers and all those involved in this great achievement.”

The awards were presented at a ceremony held at Queen’s University Belfast, where a record 76 parks and public spaces were recognised for their achievement.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey celebrates the Green Flag Award for Kilbroney Park Rostrevor 2019-2020 with park staff. From left: Patricia Sands, Park Warden; Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey; Deirdre Killen, Administration Assistant and Kieran McCann, Supervisor.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey celebrates the Green Flag Award for Kilbroney Park Rostrevor 2019-2020 with park staff. From left: Patricia Sands, Park Warden; Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey; Deirdre Killen, Administration Assistant and Kieran McCann, Supervisor.

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the environmental charity that runs the scheme in Northern Ireland, revealed an ever growing and diverse number of free parks and other spaces that have been awarded a Green Flag. The annual award is an internationally recognised certification for environmental management, horticultural standards, cleanliness, biodiversity and safety standards.

Dr Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful said, “It is time once again to celebrate a record number of Green Flag Awards; more spaces than ever before are offering wonderful experiences for visitors throughout the year. I also want to thank the staff who give their all to maintain these spaces to such high standards for us to enjoy.” 

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey celebrates the Green Flag Award for Slieve Gullion Park 2019-2020 with park staff. From left: Sean McEvoy, Slieve Gullion Car Park Attendant; Orlaith Rice, Visitor Information Advisor; Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey; Patricia Sands, Park Warden; Liam Townson, Park Attendant and Kieran McCann, Supervisor.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey celebrates the Green Flag Award for Slieve Gullion Park 2019-2020 with park staff. From left: Sean McEvoy, Slieve Gullion Car Park Attendant; Orlaith Rice, Visitor Information Advisor; Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey; Patricia Sands, Park Warden; Liam Townson, Park Attendant and Kieran McCann, Supervisor.

Parks and open spaces achieving Green Flag status must have a site management plan in place and demonstrate that they comply with a range of strict criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness, environmental management, biodiversity, community involvement and safety standards.

The awards are judged annually by a panel of experts, who volunteer their time to assess the management plans and the applicant sites through a rigorous judging process.

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