Our Partners

DS Smith

DS Smith, the UK sponsor of the Green Flag Award scheme.

To further DS Smith's dedication to being a good neighbour and responsible employer, the company has become the official sponsor of the Green Flag Award scheme.  The partnership will see the two organisations working together to improve the environment we live in, which in turn, will improve local communities' quality of life.

This year, DS Smith has pledged that its sites in England will volunteer and fundraise to support the development of green spaces and the Green Flag Award for businesses and communities in the UK.  Following the success of the first years roll out in England, the intention is to expand the programme throughout the UK.

Mark Greenwood, Group Sustainability Director at DS Smith, said:"Actions speak louder than words and what better way to demonstrate support for our local communities and green spaces than to get out there and actively make a difference, through fundraising and volunteering efforts.

"Through this initiative, we intend to make a real difference to the quality of life of DS Smith employees, in the workplace, and to the local communities near to DS Smith sites.

"We are also extremely pleased to be working together on this project as it demonstrates how the business sector and community organisations can work together to address the issues that matter most to our communities."

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Manager, said: "We are excited to have DS Smith as the official sponsor of the Green Flag Award scheme.  Through this partnership we plan to demonstrate how a significant difference can be made to green spaces in the communities where DS Smith operates and where its employees and their families live and work.

"Participating DS Smith employees will find it incredibly rewarding to be part of such worthwhile community projects and we look forward to sharing the results of their efforts as the projects commence."

For more information on the partnership contact Sophie Gibbs, Corporate Engagement Manager for Keep Britain Tidy

T: 029 20 849337  M: 07918053953  E: sophie.gibbs@keepbritaintidy.org

DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging in Europe and of specialist plastic packaging worldwide, operating across 25 countries and employing 20,000 people. Our vision is to become the leader in recycled packaging for consumer goods through offering great service, quality, innovation and environmental solutions to our customers.

As the largest fibre recycler in Europe DS Smith recovers circa 5.4 million tonnes of paper and packaging annually for recycling. DS Smith is committed to following the waste hierarchy and delivering zero waste. It works with its customers to find the most suitable solutions to reduce waste and recover high quality materials in the most efficient manner.

For more information, visit www.dssmith.com

Fields In Trust

The Green Flag Award is delighted to be working with Fields in Trust to ensure our parks and recreational spaces are not only of a high quality but are protected for future generations.Fields in

Trust were founded back in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association by King George V. Their mission is the same now and as it was then: to ensure that everyone - young or old, able or disabled and wherever they live - should have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation. These spaces are vital to building happy and healthy communities and sadly continue to be threatened by all kinds of development.

They are a national charity and operate throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites, visit fieldsintrust.org

National Housing Federation

The National Housing Federation is the Voice of housing associations in England. 

The Federation's mission is to support and promote the work of housing associations and campaign for better housing and neighbourhoods.

The Green Flag Award is working closely with the Federation to encourage housing associations to provide quality green spaces for their residents by adopting the Green Flag Award scheme standard.

Historic England

Historic England are the public body that looks after England's historic environment. They champion and protect historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.

The Green Flag Award scheme has worked closely with Historic England to develop the Green Heritage Site Accreditation that is awarded to Green Flag Award winning sites that actively understand, identify, manage and promote the elements of their heritage that make that site unique.

Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens

From tiny community gardens to sprawling city farms, FCFCG helps grass roots groups create genuine benefits for their community. And in turn, they are constantly inspired and amazed by the people and the places that they support.

They support anyone who gets together with others in their neighbourhood to create and nurture a green space for the benefit of their community.

The FCFCG provide support to groups applying for the Green Flag Community Award