Green Flag Award

The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales and is gaining significance internationally. The Award recognises well-managed, high quality green spaces. Last year over 1,400 sites were judged as meeting the high standards and awarded with a Green Flag in England and Wales.

Parks Forum is delivering the Green Flag Award program to Australia and New Zealand.

The objective of the Green Flag Award scheme is to encourage the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways. The Green Flag Award helps to create public recognition of good quality green spaces and in doing so aims to rebuild people’s confidence in them. The Award aspires to raise expectations of what a public green space can offer and to reassure people that the high regard they have for their public parks and green spaces is not misplaced.

The Green Flag Award program in Australia and New Zealand is supported by the Department of Conservation, New Zealand, as a delivery partner, Opus International Consultants as a supporting sponsor, and endorsed by Parks Leisure Australia and the New Zealand Recreation Association.

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From top: Parks Forum Deputy Chairman Michael Ayrton and Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker hoisting the Green Flag with Hamilton Gardens Director Peter Sergel; Rotorua District Council staff (from left) Joby Barham, Garry Page and Julianne Wilkinson.