Judges sought for Green Flag honours

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ENVIRONMENTAL charity Keep Scotland Beautiful is seeking volunteer judges from the Borders to train and rate parks for Green Flag awards.

The UK-wide honours for parks and green spaces are run by Keep Britain Tidy in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Tidy Northern Ireland.

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Carole Noble said: “The Green Flag Award is becoming a highly-prized annual recognition of what makes a great open space to enjoy.

“Following last year’s huge successes, we are hopeful more applications than ever will be coming forward.

“To make sure we assess them all, we need volunteers from the Borders to step forward and join our group of volunteer judges. We’ll support successful applicants and will work together to encourage the highest standards in open-space management.”

Applications are now open for next year’s awards and Scottish Borders Council and community groups are invited to enter their park or green space.

Volunteer judges mark based on eight criteria, testing whether the park or green space is: welcoming; healthy, safe and secure; clean and well-maintained; sustainable; managing conservation and heritage; extending community involvement; marketing itself, and has good management.

Carole said: “Interest is sought from volunteers who would like to support Keep Scotland Beautiful’s aim to make Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow, and applications can be made online at: www.keepscotlandbeautiful/jobs”