Four of Louth’s top public parks have been awarded the An Taisce Green Flag for 2022.
The public spaces judged by a national panel were Blackrock Park, Ice House Hill Park and St Helena’s Park in Dundalk and St Dominic’s Park in Drogheda.
All four parks proved successful in achieving the international benchmarking status which recognises quality parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways.
The parks were subject to assessment by a peer jury of green space experts, judging the areas on eight strict criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness and sustainability.
Irish parks and gardens are leading the way worldwide in good quality, sustainable spaces; falling only second to the UK, Ireland has secured more Green Flag Awards in 2022 than any country. Out of 136 awards received in Europe, 104 of these were in Ireland.
Elias Mlimbila, Assistant Parks Superintendant, Louth County Council, said: “The council is proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in County Louth for people to experience, and it encourages the public to head outdoors, explore and enjoy their local area. Parks and green spaces are vitally important to the health and the emotional wellbeing of our communities as well as contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by UN member states.”
In Ireland the scheme is run by An Taisce, The National Trust of Ireland. Internationally, the Green Flag Award operates across Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.