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Briggs welcomes Green Flag confirmation for 32 of city’s parks

Miles Briggs, Lothian Tory MSP, is paying tribute to council staff, volunteers and city residents involved in maintaining Edinburgh’s parks after the environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful confirmed 32 parks in the city had been awarded Green Flag Award status. Miles has tabled a Parliamentary motion welcoming the news and commending those who have worked to achieve the Green Flags.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ It is a great boost to Edinburgh’s reputation as a green and attractive city that such a massive proportion of Scotland’s best parks are located here, far more than in any other part of Scotland.

“ Parks and green spaces are important not just in terms of providing a place for people to walk or take exercise outside but also in boosting people’s mental wellbeing.

“ I commend all those council staff, volunteers and others who work so hard to maintain so many of our city’s parks in such excellent condition.”

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* Please see below a copy of Miles’ motion as tabled today. .

Motion Number: S5M-06761
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 17/07/2017

Title: Edinburgh’s Parks Lead the Way

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the news that 32 of Edinburgh’s parks have been given Green Flag status by Keep Scotland Beautiful as part of a record 73 across Scotland; notes that the parks in the capital, which are in the care of Edinburgh City Council, Heriot Watt University and Friends of Corstorphine Hill, include the Hermitage of Braid and Princes Street Gardens and have been recognised for their high standards and quality outdoor spaces; pays tribute to the council staff, volunteers and residents who help maintain them; considers that parks and green spaces are an important amenity for communities and encourage good physical health and mental wellbeing; commends Keep Scotland Beautiful on organising these awards, which highlight best practice, and hopes that visitors to the city and residents alike will continue to enjoy these 32 diverse parks.

Miles Briggs