Green Heritage Sites

logo (c) The Civic Trust Green Heritage Sites are a specific acreditation within the Green Flag Award scheme that can be applied for by any green space that is applying for the Green Flag Award.

English Heritage sponsors this award which is managed by the Civic Trust on behalf of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the GreenFlag Advisory Body.

The aim of Green Heritage Site status is to promote the value of and the best practice in the care and upkeep of historic sites. This can give added benefits to a site by generating community interest and securing a long term future for the site that will be valued and cherished by all who use it.

Epping Forest (c) The Civic Trust There are over 200 municipal public parks that are registered by English Heritage as being of special historic interest, and there are many other public green spaces like cemeteries, town squares and country parks registered too. A 2001 survey of local authorities (Public Park Assessment) estimates that there are 2,500 historic parks of national and local historic importance (45,400 hectares).

The Green Heritage Site award is open to all sites, not just registered ones. The only condition is that sites are 30 year's old or older.

The deadline for applications for the 2006-2007 awards is 27th January 2006 and the awards will be announced in the summer.

Castle Park, Colchester (c) The CivicTrust / Richard Mash Green Heritage Site status can be gained by completing the Green Flag application procedures together with a conservation or restoration plan, details of how the site is promoted in terms of its heritage and a statement of know more that 250 word indicating why the site is important in terms of national or local historic importance. All the details of this can be found on the Green Flag Awards website.

In 2005-2006 there are 14 sites celebrating after being recognised as the country's best green spaces for heritage conservation. All 14 have received a Green Flag Award 2005-6 and also achieved Green Heritage Site accreditation.

North West
Egremont Castle & Grounds,
Copeland Borough Council
Heaton Park, Manchester City Council - Manchester Leisure
Kendal Castle Hill,
South Lakeland District Council
Tatton Park
, Cheshire County Council

North East
Blackhill and Consett Park
, Derwentside District Council

East of England
Oaklands Park
, Chelmsford Borough Council
Castle Park, Colchester Borough Council
Clare Castle Country Park, Suffolk County Council

Greater London
Epping Forest,
Corporation of London
Trinity Square Gardens,
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Corporation of London

South West
Wellington Park
, Taunton Deane Borough Council

South East
Alexandra Park,
Hastings Borough Council
Dane John Park, Canterbury ,
Canterbury City Council

For more information on the Green Heritage Site status and how to apply please see What is a Green Heritage Site? (pdf), and the Green Flag Award web site.

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