The 2022/23 Green Flag Awards were announced on Wednesday 14th of September, by An Taisce Environmental Education, acknowledging Ireland’s best public parks and gardens. Once again, North Mayo has featured strongly amongst the Green Flag Award recipients.
Green Flag Award-winning Parks are only awarded for exceeding tough environmental standards in green space management, and excellence of visitor attractions, the Green Flag Award scheme is the mark of a quality park or green space and is recognised throughout the world.
North Mayo’s Green Flag Award-winning Parks for 2022 are the Jackie Clarke Collection Heritage Garden, Ballina Karen Community Garden, the North Mayo Heritage Centre at Enniscoe, and Ballycroy Visitor Centre at Wild Nephin National Park.
Green Heritage Site Accreditation
Green Heritage Site Accreditation is awarded to freely accessible green spaces of historical and cultural significance, that actively understand, manage and promote their unique heritage. The Jackie Clarke Collection Heritage Garden and North Mayo Heritage Centre, Enniscoe were proud recipients of this award.
This is the Jackie Clarke Collections’ fifth Green Flag. Adjacent to the museum building, you will find the peaceful Walled Heritage Garden. This stunning garden celebrated 10 years this year. It is a beautiful oasis of calm in the heart of Ballina town.
The North Mayo Heritage Centre which is adjacent to Enniscoe House has also been awarded a Green Flag. The centre has been dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of the region since the 1990s. It also provides an international genealogical service and has presided over the restoration of the walled gardens at Enniscoe into a highly successful working organic garden. This Victorian 3 acre walled organic garden. supplies fresh organic produce to individuals and businesses alike.
Green Flag Community Award
The Green Flag Community Award was presented to the Ballina Karen Community Garden.
National Parks Green Flag Award
The National Parks and Wildlife Service were awarded a Green Flag for Ballycroy Visitor Centre at Wild Nephin National Park. This park is Ireland’s sixth National Park and is located on the Western seaboard in North West Mayo. It comprises of 11,000 hectares (110 km²) of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain.
It is a wonderful achievement to see so many North Mayo sites receiving this prestigious accreditation. Mayo North Tourism wishes to extend our congratulations to all Green Flag recipients in County Mayo!
Other Mayo Green Flag Award winners included: Turlough Park located just outside Castlebar town and around half an hour’s drive from Ballina; Balla Woodlands and Park (Balla CRD) and Ballyhaunis Community Garden (Ballyhaunis Abbey Partnership).
View full list of winning sites here.