For the second year in succession Green Flags have been awarded to the marine (sunken) gardens on Douglas Promenade and Noble’s Park and, new for 2014, a further two: one for Douglas golf course, the other for a scheme at Douglas Head featuring a large-scale floral representation visible from Douglas harbour of a poppy created out of 4000 geraniums and thousands of poppy seeds to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
One verse*, in English and in Manx Gaelic, of Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen, written in September 1914, forms part of the display, one of the Council’s contributions to Island of Culture 2014.
The scheme also includes resurfaced paths, a new viewing platform and picnic area.
To date Douglas is the sole local authority in the
Council Leader Councillor David Christian MBE JP said: ‘Another triumph for
‘A Green Flag, though, is not for life. Winners must apply each year to renew their status, so it’s a double celebration to learn that the sunken gardens and Noble’s Park have retained Green Flag status for 2014, swelling our tally of flags to four.
‘The Council recognises the important contribution green spaces make to a town and to people’s lives. Well maintained public parks and gardens are integral to our investment in town centre regeneration and serve as an indicator that
‘Many local authorities are choosing to scale back on providing amenities they deem non-essential.
Chair of the Regeneration and Community Advisory Committee Councillor Stephen Pitts said: ‘Dave Hewes, Murray Jones and Keith Jones and their respective teams are to be congratulated on winning these four Green Flag awards. The teams work tirelessly year round to ensure these spaces are maintained in first-class condition, so I’m delighted their efforts have been recognised by an independent body that operates to equally exacting standards.
The Green Flag award scheme, which takes into account environmental, management and future planning policies along with community involvement, is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces across the British Isles, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, awarded by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
* ‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.’