A number of North Mayo landmarks were recently awarded a Green Flag Award for Parks by An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland.
A Green Flag is recognised throughout the world as the mark of a quality park or green space, awarded for exceeding tough environmental standards in green space management and excellence of visitor attractions.
A record six Green Flags were awarded in County Mayo:
The awards are judged every year by a peer jury of green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, and community involvement.
“In terms of urban renewal and rural and community development, the Green Flag Award for Parks is a logical and sensible step towards supporting community engagement with green space improvement and helps increase quality of life within our communities,” said Robert Moss, the Green Flag Award for Parks manager for the Republic of Ireland.
“It builds a very constructive conduit for information, knowledge and skill share between the professional and voluntary green space management sectors within our society.”
Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, welcomed the announcement, saying: “These flags are a sign to the public that Mayo boasts the very highest environmental standards which are maintained year round. It’s a mark of how much love and care there is for parks and green spaces in our county that we receive these green flags.”