May 18, 2021
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Simply the best: Waterford Greenway is first in country to win prestigious Green Flag Award

Two of Waterford’s most outstanding amenities have been awarded prestigious accolades.

Waterford City and County Council have confirmed the Kilbarry Nature Park and the Waterford Greenway have been awarded the An Taisce Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces.

The Green Flag Award scheme is an international mark of quality which recognises the efforts of local community engagement with green space involvement.

The Mayor of Waterford City and County of Waterford, Cllr Damien Geoghegan, said: “As a new entrant to the Green Flag Award scheme, Waterford is honoured to be awarded green flag status for two of our flagship sites. I want to commend the work of the environment and roads sections for their impeccable attention to detail in their maintenance of these, and indeed, all of our stunning amenities in Waterford.

“We are fortunate here in Waterford to have these beautiful places on our doorstep and the work of Waterford Council staff is to be applauded.”

Waterford Greenway is the first Greenway to win such a prestigious award. It follows several previous succersses since it opened to the public in 2017. These include the Independent.ie Reader Travel Award in 2019 for ‘Ireland’s Favourite Adventure’, the 2018 LAMA All Ireland Community and Council Award for ‘Best Tourism Initiative and Grand Prix winner’.

Waterford Greenway attracted over 284,000 visitors in 2019 and was a finalist in The Irish Tourism Industry Awards under ‘Best Ireland’s Ancient East Tourism Experience (Large)’.

Kilbarry Nature Park won two Green Flag awards:

  • Green Flag for Parks – awarded by An Taisce Environment Education Unit.
  • Green Flag for Parks Pollinator Awards 2020 – ‘Highly commended’. Special Award 2020.

The nature park is a safe, secure and accessible amenity in the heart of  the city which encompasses an integrated wetland, wildflower meadows and Kilbarry Bog. A former municipal landfill site, the area has been re-mediated to create a popular space for the community.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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