Green Flag Awards

Minister Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief recently opened the inaugural Green Flag for Parks Awards for 2016 in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.  At the event, four OPW managed Parks won the prestigious Green Flags for Parks Award – St. Stephens Green Park, Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Grangegorman Military Cemetery and Derrynane National Historic Park.

The Green Flag Award for Parks Scheme, administered by An Taisce introduced a benchmark against which quality of freely accessible public parks and green spaces are measured. The Green Flag is awarded in recognition of achieving quality standards for the presentation of Parks and recreation facilities. It promotes high horticultural and environmental standards and a benchmark for excellence in Park management based on acknowledged international best practice.

Speaking at the award ceremony in the Phoenix Park today, Minister Canney said “I am delighted that my Office, the Office of Public Works, has been awarded four flags for such wonderfully diverse locations as St. Stephen’s Green, the National War Memorial Gardens, Grangegorman Military Cemetery and Derrynane National Historic Park.  As an organisation that has adopted a sustainable approach to the management and conservation of the State’s heritage sites, this Scheme lends itself ideally to recognising and awarding these high standards”.

The importance of public green spaces for promoting health and wellbeing are well documented, Minister Canney continued “and equally vital is the protection of biodiversity within our urban and suburban landscape.  The OPW Beehives in the Phoenix Park and at Farmleigh are a good example of how we contribute to this and provide a greater understanding of many environmental issues”.

Minister Canney concluded by extending his congratulations to all the winners and to An Taisce Environmental Education Unit for their enthusiasm in introducing the scheme.

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(L-R) Minister Seán Canney, Margaret Gormley, Chief Park Superintendent, OPW, Robert Moss, An Taisce, Michael John O'Mahoney, An Taisce

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(L-R) Paul McDonnell, Superintendent, James O'Shea, Derynane Historic Park, Minister Seán Canney, Declan Bermingham, Grangegorman Military Cemetary, Margaret Gormley, Chief Superintendent, Norma Shine, OPW, Chris O'Neill, Derrynane Historic Park, Bridgeen Kelly, OPW, Niamh Guihen, Grangegorman Military Cemetary & Jerry Donoghue, St. Stephen's Green.

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(L-R) Declan Birmingham & Niamh Guihen

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(L-R) Minister Seán Canney, Paul McDonnell, Bridgeen Kelly, Gerry Donoghoe & Margaret Gormley