Green Flag Award for Edinburgh Campus

The Sunken Garden at Heriot-Watt

Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus has received a 2017 Green Flag Award from the environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful for the sixth year.

The award acknowledging the quality outdoor space that they provide and the wider benefits they deliver for communities, including enabling and encouraging exercise and improving mental well-being. 73 parks from across Scotland have been presented with a Green Flag Award this year in recognition of their high standards and provision of quality outdoor space, with 32 being awarded in Edinburgh.

Malcolm Deans, Director of Campus services at Heriot-Watt University, said, “Heriot-Watt was very fortunate in inheriting a beautiful parkland setting on which to build its Edinburgh Campus back in the 1960’s, and our Estates teams have worked to maintain that beauty and environmental diversity, while also making the landscape work as the setting for a modern, high-tech university.

“Our students, staff and many visitors have appreciated this over the years and now, with our sixth Green Flag award, it’s good to see that the landscape of our Edinburgh Campus is continuing to receive wider recognition.”

Assets for health and well being

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said, “It is pleasing to see their continued success and the number of Green Flag Awards in Scotland increasing year on year.

“Good quality green open spaces are vital to the health and wellbeing of local communities, families and individuals. Parks and open spaces are a fantastic asset – they are free to use and provide opportunities to exercise and socialise.

“With more Scottish parks flying the Green Flag Award than ever before, this record breaking number is a testament to the determination of park managers, local authorities and volunteers – whose hard work in turn brings about a raft of wider impacts on the community as a whole.”

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