|Chairman of Lisburn City Council's Economic Development Committee, Councillor Jenny Palmer is pictured with TV Presenter Michaela Strachan and Lagan Corridor Regeneration Manager, Suzanne Lutton at the Green Flags award ceremony|
CASTLE Gardens is on a par with the country's finest parks, after receiving a sought after Green Flag at an awards ceremony in Bournemouth.
Green Flag Awards recognise and reward the best parks in the country, and Castle Gardens stood out, after impressing the judges with excellent facilities including well managed and maintained green space, a wide
reaching events and education programme and other amenities.
The win comes at an exciting time in the development of the Green Flag Awards that are now run by environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy, GreenSpace and BTCV, who have been inundated by applications as parks value the coveted award.
Councillor Jenny Palmer, Chairman of Lisburn City Council's Economic Development Committee was presented with the award by the TV presenter Michaela Strachan at the official Green Flag awards ceremony held at the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth. She said after the event, " We are incredibly lucky to have such a beauty spot in the middle of Lisburn for everyone to enjoy but it takes an incredible amount of work to keep the gardens to this high standard. I am thrilled those efforts have been rewarded with a Green Flag. As the award is judged annually we will have to make sure we keep up the standard and make it a third year running.
"We would also like to congratulate the management and staff at Colin Glen Forest Park on obtaining the Green Flag award this year. It is a great achievement to have two of only four parks in Northern Ireland with a Green Flag within Lisburn City Council area."
Phil Barton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy said: "I would like to congratulate this year's winners, who have worked hard throughout the year to keep their parks to a high standard and ensure they are pleasant and enjoyable spaces for the whole community."