CHIEFS at Edge Hill University have revealed that for the ninth year in a row their grounds and green spaces have won a Green Flag Award for their beauty and benefit to the environment.
This achievement is thanks to the dedication of Edge Hill’s Facilities Management Team who have worked hard in all weathers and throughout the pandemic to maintain the campus grounds to the highest standard.
Grounds manager Neil Toner said: “It’s all about pride. The whole FM team take immense pride in creating spaces where people can take a few minutes out of their day to sit and relax in a stunning natural environment. I’d like to thank every member of staff for their contribution to winning this award.”
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.
On October 14, Edge Hill University lit up the main building in green, joining locations and landmarks including across the UK to celebrate Green Flag Award success and to say a massive thank you to the parks staff, volunteers and key workers for all their work this year.
Parks and green spaces across the country will be raising their Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.
Neil added: “I think everyone has always known that getting out into nature is vital for good mental health, but this has never been more important during the events of 2020. It’s great to be able to give students and staff a safe outdoor space for them to explore, get some exercise or just sit and feed the ducks.”