Wilton Lodge Park is Green Flag 2019 winner

Green Flag

Published: Tuesday, 16th July 2019

Wilton Lodge Park has retained its coveted Green Flag Award for 2019.

The International Green Flag Award, administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, acts as a benchmark for recreational outdoor space. The award celebrates well maintained parks and greenspaces and supports the opportunities that they provide to enable exercise, improve mental wellbeing and provide safe spaces for play. Almost 2,000 parks across the world have achieved the award.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, our Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services

“We are delighted that Wilton Lodge Park has retained its coveted Green Flag status. The park has undergone a £3.64million regeneration scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Council and partners, which means it has a wide range of features and facilities which cater for people of all ages.

“These include a new play park and café, walled garden, Zandra Elliot Bandstand, new McLaren Bridge, upgraded waterfall walk and improved Hawick Museum. There have also been cycle path improvements funded by the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland, through its Community Links Programme.

“The community should be applauded for the part they have played in Wilton Lodge Park’s Green Flag status, highlighted by the Hawick Callants’ Club’s new Passchendaele Memorial which was unveiled in the park this month.

“The people of Hawick are rightly very proud of Wilton Lodge Park and its stunning landscape, which is a perfect setting for a family day out this summer.”

Amongst the 2019 award winners are spaces run by local authorities, community groups and universities. First time awards have been presented in Aberdeen to Slopefield Allotments, South Ayrshire to Belleisle Park and the Western Isles to the community-managed Eoropie Park.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful

“I would like to congratulate Wilton Lodge Park from the Scottish Borders. Receiving this prestigious international benchmark recognises all of the hard work that has gone into maintaining and managing these precious green openspaces.

“Every single one of these parks provides an invaluable service to the local communities that it serves - from creating a safe space to play, to think, to exercise - helping to address many of the health and wellbeing challenges we face as a country.”

Spending time in nature can be good for people’s health and wellbeing, and living in a greener neighbourhood can improve health outcomes. The Green Flag Award recognises the valuable contribution these parks make towards the nation’s well-being.

Julie Procter, Chief Executive of greenspace scotland

“We know that greenspace is good for people and communities- it makes our lives and places better. Our goal at greenspace scotland is that everyone enjoys easy access to quality greenspace which meets their needs and improves their quality of life. This is why we’re delighted to see so many Scottish parks being presented with a Green Flag award in 2019 and would like to offer a big well done to everyone who works hard on achieving the award for Scotland’s parks”

A detailed map of Scotland’s Green Flag sites is available.