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Waterfall
Waterfall

A PAIR of local parks are among the best in Scotland — and that’s official.

Bellahouston and Rouken Glen parks have received a Green Flag award signifying that both are well-maintained and well-managed with excellent facilities.

Rouken Glen pond

Rouken Glen pond

Responding to the news that Rouken Glen is among the elite of Scotland’s greenspaces, environment convener Eddie Phillips told The Extra: “I am delighted to hear this wonderful news, especially during Love Parks week.

“Each year thousands of visitors flock to Rouken Glen from all over the west of Scotland and beyond, to enjoy its many attractions including its wide open spaces, walled garden, boating pond and waterfall”.

This year, the park hosted a running festival and a successful Highland games which attracted thousands to see the strongmen — including local hero Gregor Edmunds — in action.

Following Bellahouston’s award, Jim Coleman GCC’s executive member for Land and Environmental Services said: “Recreational areas, especially at this time of year, play an important role in the health and well being of a city.

Bellahouston park

Bellahouston park

“This is the first year that we have entered the scheme and hope to add to our tally next year”.

Phil Barton, Green Flag Plus Partnership chairman, congratulated this year’s winners.

He said: “A lot of people have worked hard throughout the year to keep these parks and green spaces at a high standard and ensure they are pleasant and enjoyable for the whole community.

“The Green Flag Award Scheme, and its growth, is essential in driving up the standards of our parks and green spaces. Access to quality green space is something we all desire and the scheme plays a key role in providing it.

“In these challenging financial times it is heartening that the number of Green Flag awards continue to grow. As the value of green space and the role it plays in our communities strengthens, we must ensure these high standards remain.”

All award-winning sites now have the chance to win the People’s Choice Award. This award is decided by the public, so to vote for your local park, visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk