Green Flag Honour bestowed on Turlough Park

Posted in Connect on July 28, 2016.

The beautiful grounds of Turlough Park House, Castlebar, are among 22 spectacular parks that were given “Green Flag”status at an inaugural awards ceremony by An Taisce. Turlough Park is home to the national Folklife collections of the National Museum of Ireland.

The awards are given to those public parks and green spaces that exemplify excellence in such standards as management and sustainability as well as providing beautiful settings for leisure, said An Taisce’s Green Flag Award manager Robert Moss.

“It gives us our day in the sun'” he said of the international Green Flag scheme that has been in existence in the UK and continent for over 20 years. It is modelled after the popular Blue Flag awards scheme for EU beaches that live up to excellent water quality and other standards.

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW), Sean Canney who launched the ceremony, said the awards provide an important benchmark for parks to uphold standards of excellence.

And he said Ireland’s wealth of stunning parks is a testament to the hard work and dedication of staff who work there.

“Ireland has more Green Flag parks than others in the Green Flag scheme in Europe,” he said.

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