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Edge Hill University has won a prestigious Green Flag award for the fourth year running.

The University is one of a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces to receive the coveted status for 2015/16 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 guest 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 have retained Edge Hill’s Green Flag Award for a fourth year. This award recognises and highlights that students, staff and the local community are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality and is testament also to the hard work and endeavours of the Grounds team and the Facilities Department of the University. The teams provide services and standards of the highest calibre and a centre of excellence, for students, staff and visitors to enjoy.”

The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”