Rathfarnham Castle Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag for the third time in succession, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Emma Murphy raised the flag recently and said The Green Flag Award is an international benchmark that recognises and rewards high-quality parks and green spaces. This year over 2,300 public sites in 16 countries around the World have achieved Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award status, the award scheme is managed in Ireland by An Taisce. It rates the management of parks by local authorities across criteria including safety, cleanliness, conservation, sustainability, and community involvement. Rathfarnham Castle Park is one of 104 Green Flag sites in Ireland, this comprises of 85 formal public Green Flag Park sites, along with 19 volunteer run Green Community Sites. This award is a huge honour for everyone in SDCC and park users, I believe the green flag demonstrates how much care and effort the Park’s staff put into maintaining the park and how much the local community use and appreciate the park. A special mention must go out to the local community groups who play an active role in the park providing community participation, litter picks, and getting involved in engagement on new initiatives and park maintenance – all of this feeds into the green flag application and management programme for the park.
Pictured: Cllr. Emma Murphy Mayor of South Dublin with Cllr Yvonne Collins, Cllr. Lyn Hagin Meade, Cllr Lynn McCrave and Helen Kaene (Rathfarnham Woods Residents Association) in Rathfarnham Castle Park to raise the 2022/23 Green Flag Rathfarnham Castle Park. Pic credit: Ben Ryan