Green Flag Awards and Green Heritage Site Scheme

Green Heritage Sites are a specific accreditation within the Green Flag Award scheme.  Anyone who manages a green space and is applying for a Green Flag Award can also apply to be a Green Heritage Site.

Hall Place - a Green Flag Award Winner

© Alan Cathersides

The aim of Green Heritage Site status is to promote the value of and best practice in the care and upkeep of historic sites. This can give added benefits to a site by generating community interest and securing a long term future for the site that will be valued and cherished by all who use it.

There are over 200 municipal public parks that are registered by English Heritage as being of special historic interest, and there are many other public green spaces like cemeteries, town squares and country parks registered too. A survey in 2001 of local authorities (Public Park Assessment) estimates that there are 2,500 historic parks of national and local historic importance (45,400 hectares).

The Green Heritage Site award is open to all sites, not just registered ones. The only condition is that sites have to be more than 30 years old.

Hall Place Garden - A Green Flag Award winner

© Alan Cathersides

Green Heritage Site status can be gained by completing the Green Flag application form and providing a conservation or restoration plan.  This should include details of how the site is promoted in terms of its heritage and a statement in no more than 250 words, indicating why the site is important in terms of national or local historic importance. 

Details of how to apply can be found on the Green Flag Award website.

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2013 – 14 Winners

East Midlands

  • Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham City Council

East of England

  • Bushey Rose Garden - Registered Park Grade II, Hertsmere Borough Council
  • Castle Park - Registered Park Grade II, Colchester Borough Council
  • Oaklands Park, Chelmsford City Council
  • The Tower Gardens, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk

London

  • Alexandra Palace Park - Registered Park Grade II, Alexandra Palace Charitable Trust
  • Ashtead Common, City of London
  • Bunhill Fields - Registered Park Grade I, City of London
  • Burnham Beeches National Nature Reserve, City of London
  • City of London Cemetery and Crematorium - Registered Park Grade I, City of London
  • Epping Forest, City of London
  • Farthing Downs and New Hill, City of London
  • Garricks Lawn - Registered Park Grade II, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  • Greenwich Park - Registered Park Grade I, The Royal Parks Agency
  • Hampstead Heath, City of London
  • Highgate Wood, City of London
  • Kenley Common, City of London
  • Kensington Gardens - Registered Park Grade I, The Royal Parks Agency
  • Myddelton House Gardens - Registered Park Grade II, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
  • St James’s Park and The Green Park - Registered Park Grade I, The Royal Parks Agency
  • St John at Hackney Churchyard Gardens, London Borough of Hackney
  • Valance Park and Gardens, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • Victoria Park – Registered Park Grade II*, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • West Ham Park - Registered Park Grade II, City of London

North East

  • Horden Welfare Park, Horden Parish Council
  • Saltwell Park - Registered Park Grade II, Gateshead Council

North West

  • Birkenhead Park - Registered Park Grade I, Wirral Borough Council
  • Sefton Park - Registered Park Grade II*, Liverpool City Council
  • Tatton Park - Registered Park Grade II*, Cheshire East Council
  • Victoria Park, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Williamson Park - Registered Park Grade II, Lancaster City Council

South East

  • Alexandra Park - Registered Park Grade II, Hastings Borough Council
  • Caversham Court - Registered Park Grade II, Reading Borough Council
  • Dunorlan Park - Registered Park Grade II, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
  • Forbury Gardens and the Abbey Ruins - Registered Park Grade II, Reading Borough Council
  • Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, Swale Borough Council
  • St Leonards Gardens - Registered Park Grade II, Hastings Borough Council
  • Staunton Country Park – Leigh Park Gardens - Registered Park Grade II, Hampshire County Council
  • Whitstable Castle and Park, Whitstable Castle

South West

  • Ashton Court Estate - Registered Park Grade II*, Bristol City Council
  • Dorchester Borough Gardens, Dorchester Town Council
  • Ham Hill Country Park, South Somerset District Council
  • Kit Hill Country Park, Cornwall Council
  • Lydiard Park - Registered Park Grade II, Swindon Borough Council
  • Wellington Park - Registered Park Grade II, Taunton Deane Borough Council

West Midlands

  • Haden Hill Park, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens, Warwick District Council
  • The Leasowes - Registered Park Grade I, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Yorkshire & Humber

  • Shibden Estate - Registered Park Grade II, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Epping Forest (c) The Civic Trust

Green Heritage Site Status

For more information on the Green Heritage Site status and how to apply please see the Green Flag Award website.

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