Council Welcomes Green Flag Award for the Broadmeadow, Enniskillen
31st July 2018
The Broadmeadow in Enniskillen has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award at a recent ceremony at the Hill of the O’Neill, Dungannon.
The Green Flag, awarded by the environmental charity, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, is an international benchmark standard for the management of parks and open spaces. It also acknowledges that the space boasts the highest possible standards and has excellent facilities.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, said “I am delighted that the hard work of the Council staff in ensuring that the Broadmeadow is an accessible, environmentally sustainable and enjoyable place to spend time in has been recognised through this award. It is further evidence of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s commitment to ensuring that the public shared accessible spaces under its control are of the highest quality and are attractive to the general public. I would also like to thank the members of the public who have played a significant role in helping to maintain the Broadmeadow as a beautiful, clean and welcoming environment.”
Whilst the Council is delighted to receive this award, maintaining the standard of Broadmeadow will take considerable resources. The Council encourages users of the park to clean up after their dogs and to take any litter or rubbish home with them. This will greatly assist in alleviating the pressure on resources and help tackle the increasing issue of littering and dumping that the District has recently been experiencing. This approach along with the reporting of any antisocial behaviour will work towards maintaining the great standard of the area for the benefit to both the Community and visitors to the area.
The Broadmeadow joins the Grange Park in Omagh as the Council’s second Green Flag open space and is one of 70 parks, open spaces and green areas across Northern Ireland to have received Green Flag status this year. This is the first time the Broadmeadow has achieved this award.