The Green Flag Award is the national benchmark for quality public green spaces such as parks and community gardens. It is highly regarded within the sector, credited with continually raising the quality standard of green spaces since its start in 1996.
Ministers support the scheme and wish to see it sustained. Last year the Department for Communities and Local Government announced its intention to advertise for an external group to run the Green Flag Award scheme under licence and to invite bids.
The Department is pleased to say that the licence was advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (external link) on 28 July 2012. Bidders will have until 28 August 2012 to submit their tenders in accordance with the advert.
The continued successful operation of, and confidence in, the scheme as the ‘MOT’ for green spaces is one of the main objectives for the Department and the successful bidder will need to demonstrate their ability to deliver this.