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This article focuses on information specific to the United Kingdom. Please see our Open spaces page for a topic overview.

Green Pennant Award[edit]

The Green Flag Award itself is for public-run open spaces, but the same scheme runs an award for community/charity-run public spaces, such as Millennium Greens and Doorstep Greens called the Green Pennant Award. This scheme, started in 2002, has adapted the criteria for voluntary organisations.

Sites for a Green Pennant Award are judged against eight key criteria: W

  • A welcoming place
  • Healthy, safe and secure
  • Well maintained and clean
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Biodiversity and heritage
  • Community involvement
  • Achievement


  • Future Parks, A toolkit to help build a sustainable future for parks and green spaces


News and comment[edit]


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Jul 23 London news: London becomes the world's first National Park City [1]

May 2 Green spaces and community assets, new models for new developments [2]


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London news: It’s official: London will become the world’s first National Park City, Feb 10 [3]


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Scotland: Shock figures reveal park life at an all-time low, Nov 5 [4]

Government launches New Parks Action Group "to help England’s public parks and green spaces meet the needs of communities now and in the future." [5]

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Dorset: Support growing for National Park bid (which could bring £90m funding to Dorset), May 18 [6]

Parks are a huge asset, and we need to value them for the 21st century, Alison Benjamin, Feb 14 [7]

The UK’s top 10 greenest cities, Jan 16 [8]

How green is your city? UK's top 10 mapped and ranked, Jan 5 [9]


A slice of the Big Apple coming to a neighbourhood near you, November 7 [10]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
  • Fields in Trust, British charity which aims to protect and promote open spaces for sports and recreation in British cities and towns. W
  • Green Flag Award, benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom. The scheme is owned by the Government through the Department for Communities and Local Government, though it is managed by other agents under contract. W
  • Open Spaces Society, campaign group that works to protect public rights of way and open spaces in the United Kingdom, such as common land and village greens. It is Britain's oldest national conservation body and a registered charity. W
  • Natural England, non-departmental public body of the UK government responsible for ensuring that England's natural environment, including its land, flora and fauna, freshwater and marine environments, geology and soils, are protected and improved. It also has a responsibility to help people enjoy, understand and access the natural environment. W


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  1. London Evening Standard
  2. Shared Assets
  7. The Guardian
  8. @positivenewsuk
  9. The Guardian