GoodPlanet to manage Green Flag Award scheme in Belgium

GoodPlanet to manage Green Flag Award scheme in Belgium

GoodPlanet Belgium has signed an agreement with Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) for the delivery of the International Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces in Belgium.

Working on sustainability and environmental challenges, GoodPlanet’s mission is to undertake positive actions and share expertise, to inspire all generations to become engaged and to build a sustainable society.

The GoodPlanet team in their natural habitat

Anna Leonard, Project Manager at GoodPlanet said:

“One of our priority themes for the upcoming years is human’s connection to nature. Through our projects, campaigns and workshops we want to plant seeds for change within this field.The Green Flag Award is in distinct alignment with this focus, and therefore we are delighted to be delivering the scheme”

And a straight forward statement on their website sums up the wide scope of themes that GoodPLanet Belgium strive to achieve. It reads:

"From green playgrounds to thriving generational gardens. From kitchen gardening at school to cooking workshops for employees. From zero waste challenges to mobile phone collection campaigns"

The Award is very new to Belgium. In fact Rivierenhof, managed by Provincie Antwerpen was the first to achieve a Green Flag Award in the country in July 2018.

RivierenhofRivierenhof

Peter Verdyck, Director of Green Spaces Management for Provinice Antwerpen said:

"It's fantastic to see a partnership established in Belgium so quickly after we achieved the first Award in the country. We hope this will lead to more parks in Belgium achieving the Green Flag Award standard and looking to Rivierenhof for inspiration.   It has certainly helped us to review our management practices and plan for the future across the broad spectrum of criteria and we were very happy to receive useful feedback from the judging team to further improve our park in the future."

 To bee or not to bee?

Carl McClean, International Development Manager for the Green Flag Award said:

“It was clear in our very first meeting with GoodPlanet Belgium that so much of their ethos was aligned with the Green Flag Award criteria. It’s fantastic to have them on board for piloting the scheme in Belgium”

Applications in Belgium are due to open in November. However any park or green space that provides free access to the public can register an interest and receive a Username and Login for the scheme immediately.
Just visit the Green Flag Award website, go to the ‘Our Network’ section and select Belgium. Then simply submit your details in ‘Apply for an Award’.

A member of the GoodPlanet team will be in touch later on to help start your application.