Green Flag Award

The judging has two parts.

Stage One:  Desk Assessment

In this first stage the judges will assess the site-specific management plan and associated documentation, and a response to the judges’ feedback from the previous year (if this isn’t a first application). 

This section is worth 30 out of 100 points.  The average score is calculated and multiplied by 3 to give a score out of 30.  At least 15 points are required to gain the accreditation.

Stage Two:  Site Assessment

The second stage will comprise a site visit where the judges assess whether the management plan is in practice on the site, and how well the Green Flag Award expectations have been met, by observation and by questioning staff, volunteers and visitors.  Every new site is visited by experienced judges, who make an appointment to inspect the site and meet staff and volunteers.  In subsequent years, judges alternately ‘mystery shop’ sites and carry out pre-arranged assessments alongside site staff and other representatives.

This section is worth 70 out of 100 points.  The average score is multiplied by 7 to give a score out of 70.  It must score at least 42 points to gain the accreditation. 

A total pass mark of 66 is needed to gain the accreditation. Therefore an additional 9 points must be gained across the two assessments to achieve the award. Every application will receive a full desk assessment, a site visit and a full feedback report, irrespective of the outcome.  Applicants will not see their individual scoresheet; the scoring is applied as a band.

Bandscores

30-44

45-54

55-59

60-65

66-69

70-74

75-79

80+

Download Green Flag Award Score Sheet