Nottingham parks has maintained its Green Flag Awards this year, bringing the total in the city with the nationally-recognised standard to 72 – the most for any council area in the country.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

After 18 months that have seen parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that sites have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that makes the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.

Nottingham Arboretum this summer (Credit Jake Haseldine)

Forty-one parks in Nottingham have been recognised by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy as among the very best in the UK.  The city has also gained twenty-three Community Awards including The Quiet Garden, Sherwood, plus four Green Heritage awards at the Arboretum, the Forest Recreation Ground, Highfields Park and Wollaton Park, four University Green Flags and one Canals and Rivers Trust Green Flag.

Wollaton Hall at sunset

All the flags flying this year are a testament to the huge efforts of both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

Councillor Rosemary Healy, Lead councillor for Parks and Open Spaces, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a total of 41 Green Flag Awards this year from Keep Britain Tidy. This Award recognises and highlights the value we put on our parks and green spaces, they are such an important part of people’s lives and well-being in Nottingham. It’s fantastic that Nottingham City Council’s investment in parks has been recognised with these accolades.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks and open spaces to such a high standard.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making [name of site] worthy of a Green Flag Award.”

“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that [name of site] has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”

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Notes to Editors

The Green Flag Awards Scheme ( is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. We also campaign for the country to be litter free and waste less. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit

Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.  Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status.  A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site Accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation. 

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