The Green Flag Award, the national standard for parks and green spaces also has a Community Award, which you may be able to apply for. It is free of charge and will recognise your achievements and bring your site into the spotlight.
This may mean more support, involvement and can even unlock sources of more funding. As an added bonus winners will get free annual membership to BTCV’s Community Network to join thousands of other groups gaining access to discounts, insurance, funding information, training opportunities and much more.
The only conditions on applying are that site must be freely accessible and managed solely by the group, although management can be supported by the landowner or local authority.
For more information visit the Green Flag Community Awards website.
There are local advocates in each region to help groups apply for the award. Katie Lowry covers the North West but can put you in contact with your local advocate – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or support.
The applications deadline is January 31 2012 and judging will be take place next summer.