EAST Renfrewshire is proudly flying the flag for the environment, with not one but two awards given out last week.
The Green Flag scheme was first launched in England in 1996, before being piloted in Scotland in 2007 in conjunction with Green Space Scotland. It recognises groups or facilities which show best practice in environmental efforts and education, and the flags are given out on a yearly basis.
The children of Park Nursery were delighted to receive their second green flag, awarded for environmental efforts throughout the year.
Provost Alex Mackie joined staff, children and their families for a celebration at the Giffnock facility, which recently celebrated 40 years of serving the community, last week.
Nursery manager Gillian Bain told The Extra: “It was a considerable achievement since we remain the only East Renfrewshire partnership nursery to hold one, never minds two green flags.
“We’re a small but vibrant nursery and the children produce excellent work with the help of enthusiastic parents and staff”.
Meanwhile, staff over at Rouken Glen park also accepted a green flag — now proudly flown from the visitor centre flagpole.
The 227-acre park, also in Giffnock, was awarded the accolade on the basis that it is “well-maintained and well managed, with excellent facilities”.
The flag was unveiled at a raising ceremony by ERC’s environment convener, councillor Eddie Phillips, who commented: “I’m delighted that Rouken Glen park has been awarded the prestigious green flag as it recognises the hard work put in by our parks staff throughout all four seasons.
“Each year thousands of visitors flock to the park from all over the west of Scotland and beyond, to enjoy its many attractions – wide open spaces, walled garden, boating pond and waterfall”.
The park is used to hold many key events in the East Ren calendar, including the running festival, Go Greener apple day and Tartan day – it was also the venue for the area’s first highland games event in 2011.
The award follows a recent Scottish Household survey which named East Renfrewshire parks as the best in Scotland, with 80 per cent of people surveyed claiming to be satisfied with the facilities on offer.