The grounds team with the green flag

The grounds team celebrate receiving the Green Flag award

Edge Hill University has won a prestigious Green Flag Award for the third year running.

The University is one of a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces to receive the coveted status for 2014/15 from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Green Flag Awards recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

The award recognises the University’s huge efforts in minimising the environmental impact of its activities, maintaining natural habitats through its commitment to biodiversity, and developing a sustainable campus for the enjoyment of students, staff and the local community.

The campus has become a popular local attraction for thousands of visitors each year who come along for open days, conferences and guests lectures, as well as using its community sports complex and the popular Arts Centre.

Martin Grayshon, Edge Hill’s Grounds Manager said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the third consecutive year from Keep Britain Tidy.

“This Award recognises and highlights that people in Edge Hill University Campus and Ormskirk community are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.

“This is testament also to the hard work and endeavours of the Grounds team and the Facilities Department of the University to provide services and standards of the highest calibre and a centre of excellence, for student, staff and visitors to enjoy.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”