Green flag canals

The Green Flag Award® scheme recognises well managed parks and green spaces. It sets the standard for managing recreational outdoor spaces across the UK. Here's what we're doing at the Trust to make sure our waterways raise the Green Flag for well managed outdoor spaces.

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What is the Green Flag scheme?

Green Flag Award logoMany of you will be more familiar with Green Flags and their links with parks and green spaces. The scheme, run by Keep Britain Tidy, recognises spaces that boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained, and play an important role in the local community. Most Green Flag sites are parks, but we want people to know that our blue watery spaces can have the same positive, wellbeing impacts as green grassy ones.

The scheme sets the national standard and provides a high level quality against which such spaces are measured. Winning a Green Flag award show that a space:

  • Improves customer experiences
  • Increases the profile, interest and recognition in the canals and local surrounding community
  • Increases links with external bodies to canals and communities
  • Increases local economy
  • Offers pride and a sense of place to those involved and the communities they live and work in
  • Spreads good practice to neighbouring green spaces and waterways

Over 300 miles of Green Flag canals

Green Heritage award

Plus, the Marple Aqueduct and Marple Lock Flight has won a Green Heritage Award.

How we are making a difference, working in partnership

Each of our regional teams work closely with their local groups, societies and communities. You can see some of the projects below:  

Last date edited: 17 July 2019