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Who can apply

The Green Flag Award®

The Award is open to any freely accessible park or green space. The space must be easily identifiably or made clear by providing a map of the space at the site.

Eligible sites include:

  • Town Parks
  • Country Parks
  • Formal Gardens
  • Nature Reserves
  • Local Nature Reserves (LNR)
  • Cemeteries and Crematoria
  • University Campuses
  • Water Parks
  • Green Spaces that form part of retail and leisure destinations
  • Pocket Parks
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
  • Hospital Grounds
  • Woodlands
  • Allotments
  • Churchyards

If you are unsure if your site is eligible please contact the operator in your country, details can be found in the Our Network section


The Green Flag Community Award®

All community green spaces are eligible to enter, as long as they are freely accessible to all and unlocked as much as possible although we understand this may not be every day and may be limited to regular, advertised open days. The community group must have a lease or written permission from the landowner to manage the site if they are not the owners.


Green Heritage Site Accreditation

Any site that has achieved Green Flag Award and is of local or national historic interest, or contains features of historic interest can apply.  This especially applies to any UK site that has received Heritage Lottery Funding.  There doesn’t have to be standard ‘archaeological features’ present to make a place historically important.  Every place is defined by its physical, social and cultural history which has shaped it to the present, and which will continue to shape the future.  This is an interesting story to understand, preserve and develop, and to share with those that spend time in it - as recreational users and those that work there.