Cahir Inch Field has received its first green flag and accreditation in the category of formal public Green Flag Park sites. This is further recognition of the great work that has been undertaken in Cahir with the support of Cahir Tidy Towns volunteers, other organisations and businesses in the town.
Only awarded for exceeding tough environmental standards in green space management, and excellence of visitor attractions – the Green Flag Award Scheme is the mark of a quality park or green space and is recognised throughout the world.
The Green Flag Award scheme aims to encourage the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways. In 2022 more Green Flag Awards have been secured by Irish Parks and Gardens than by any country, other than the UK where the scheme originated in 1996. Out of 136 awarded in Europe today, 104 were in Ireland.
Emlyn Cullen - Programme Manager at the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce, who run the Award in Ireland said:
“The continued success of the Green Flag Award in Ireland is a great measure of how much the country values parks and green spaces - and how well managed many of them are. I’d like to say well done to everyone who works in the sector here for their ongoing commitment. You make a huge positive impact on your local communities and the natural environment”
Tipperary County Council applied for the award which is based on assessment of a management plan, inspection of the amenity and adjudication by An Taisce appointed judges. The visiting judges for the Green Flag Award were impressed with Cahir Inch Field and commented that the bar was set high for a first-time applicant for a green flag. They also paid tribute to the commitment shown by the Tidy Town volunteers, local community, business groups and Tipperary County Council:
“Cahir Inch Field is a credit to everyone involved, from County Council Management, Council Staff and Tidy Towns Volunteers. It was a pleasure to meet everyone involved with Cahir Inch Field and great to see the field so active with families, tourists and locals bringing their dogs for a walk.”
Councillor Andy Moloney on speaking to Cahir News on behalf of Cahir Tidy Towns also paid tribute to those involved in achieving the Green Flag Award:
“We must also give special praise to former district engineer Paddy Crowley for his vision on the accessibility improvements. Thanks also to ABP with the can recycling initiative to turn the aluminium into trees, and to Suir Engineering for the Orchards of Ireland project. Our thanks also to Coláiste Dún Iascaigh TY class of 2021 and their teacher Dr. Tim Butler and to the primary schools wildflower project with ABP. This was a huge community project and without the Tipperary County Council and Tidy Towns working with the local groups, the project would not have succeeded”.
Photos show representatives from Tipperary County Council and Cahir Tidy Towns displaying the new Green Flag awarded to Cahir Inch Field.
(Photos – left to right: John O’Meara, Cahir Foreman, Anthony Coleman, District Administrator, Tipperary County Council & Cllr. Andy Moloney, Cahir Tidy Towns. Photo credit – Maria Taylor)