The first ever Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag Award seminar, is to be hosted by Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, on 8 and 9 December.
The seminar is aimed at helping universities and colleges across the UK raise the standard of their green spaces and plan their application for a Green Flag Award.
The Green Flag Award recognises and rewards the best green places, achieving the award helps showcase the universities’ green areas to potential new students and the local community. The award strives to ensure that everyone has access to a safe, clean and pleasant space where they can relax, meet, play or exercise.
The seminar is an opportunity to hear about how the Green Flag Award can help universities to develop and maintain beautiful green spaces around campus. There will also be the opportunity to speak to Green Flag award winning educational institutions, to find out how they have achieved the international standard and to share their experiences.
The first ever university to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award was Nottingham University, back in 2003. Desmond O’Grady, Grounds Manager at the university, says the grounds staff will never tire of running up the flag;
“The Green Flag Award gives a good qualitative assessment, is a strong management tool and can help with funding for capital and revenue projects.”
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager at Keep Britain Tidy, added, “This seminar will provide a fantastic opportunity to learn about the Green Flag Award scheme, how it can provide support and guidance to those responsible for the green spaces in the higher education sector and celebrate their achievements through gaining the Award.”