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Green Flag Award to host World Parks Congress

24 November 2021

Green Flag Award are excited to be organising and hosting a 'Knowledge Day' as part of the World Parks Congress which is taking place between the 5th and 10th December 2021.

The international online event is organised by World Urban Parks and is being hosted virtually by a number major cities: Los Angeles (USA), San Pedro (Mexico) and Sydney (Australia). And Green Flag Award are proud to be organising and hosting the Knowledge Day on Thursday 9th December.

The Congress will bring together city and community leaders, park professionals, partners, affiliates, and engaged citizens under the shared goal of advancing parks through intentional successful strategies.

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

"This is set to be the best World Parks Congress yet - with a vibrant range of interesting speakers from around the globe. We're proud to be hosting our very own Green Flag Award themed day - focusing on the Award criteria. I hope everyone takes advantage of the discount we have negotiated and benefits from this fantastic congress."

Congress Speakers include:

Judy Ling Wong CBE (UK) - Honorary President Black Environment Network

Setha Lowe (USA) - Professor in Environmental Psychology, and the Director of the Public Space Research Group at the City University of New York.

David Spiers MP (Australia) - Minister for Environment and Water, Government of South Australia

Noortje Voulon (Netherlands) - Neighbourhood advisor at the Municipality of Utrecht & Co-Chair of the Maximapark Board

Jonathan Cha (Canada) - Senior Planning Advisor on Infrastructure and project management: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal

Professor William Bird MBE (UK) - CEO and Founder of Intelligent Health

Costs and Special Discount

Standard registration for the Congress is $130 NZ Dollars (about £65.00). But as a huge thank you to the sector - anyone *involved in the Green Flag Award program can take advantage of a **Discount Code applied to the standard registration fee which brings the cost down to just $30 NZ Dollars (about £15.00)

With this discount - individuals can attend this week-long congress for less than £20!!!

Use Discount Code: GFA-Member (approximately £15.00)

*"Involved in Green Flag Award" applies internationally, and means anyone who works for or is involved in a Green Flag Award wining park or organisation; as well as all Green Flag Award Judges.

**Discount can be applied to both individuals and whole organisations at the registration stage- such as Local Authorities, Parks Departments or Park Management Organisations. 

How to register

Registration is made via the link here: 

Congress Website

The main World Parks Congress website is:

Green Flag Award Knowledge Day

The Congress will span five days of speakers and presentations, delivered from five different time zones. The Green Flag Award themed Knowledge Day itself will take place on Thursday 9th December, between 9:00am - 5:00pm (UK-GMT)

The concept of the Knowledge Day is built around the sharing of best practice within the parks sector, and will be closely linked to two Green Flag Award initiatives: The Resources Hub and the Research Portal. 

Resources Hub

The Resources Hub was launched at the 2020 World Parks Congress. It was developed to provide a library of free, high-quality sector knowledge - curated from all over the world. Resources are provided by a range of partners, who support our commitment to sharing best practice. So far this platform has seen over 1,000 unique downloads from over 50 different resources and more than 20 contributing partners from around the world.

Research Portal

Following on from that success, and in partnership with the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield - during the congress Green Flag Award will be launching the next stage of knowledge exchange - The Parks and Green Spaces Research Portal. The Portal will be a free platform to explore the latest park-related research findings, events and collaboration opportunities from academic and research organisations across the globe.

Green Flag Award criteria

The schedule for the day is is organised under the Green Flag Award criteria, with speakers covering topics that align with the eight key headings.


Talks include:

  • Diversity and inclusion in parks provision and access
  • The Parkberaad (Park Council) An equal community power share model for public parks
  • Renewable energy from parks on an achievable scale
  • Tree Selection for a Changing Climate
  • Political influence through park Management Plans


We look forward to welcoming you to the Congress and don't forget to use your discount code!

For the main congress website visit: