View of Barnhill Rock Garden in summer

Barnhill Rock Garden

The Green Flag Award Scheme.

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The Green Flag Award scheme was launched in 1996 and gave its first awards in England and Wales in1997. The programme continues to provide the benchmark against which our parks and green spaces are measured. For the 2009/2010 round of judging, the scheme continued to go from strength to strength, with a record number of parks and green spaces receiving the accolade.

The award recognises well managed and high-quality green spaces and is valid for one year. To be eligible sites must be freely accessible to the public and perform well against the following eight criteria:
  • A welcoming space
  • Healthy, safe and secure
  • Clean and well maintained
  • Sustainability
  • Conservation and heritage
  • Community involvement
  • Marketing
  • Management

    The scheme was trialed for the first time in Scotland in 2007 by Edinburgh and Dundee and the Barnhill Rock Garden won its first award then It has continued to be awarded it every year. Since then and over the years they have been joined by other Dundee parks and Friends groups in achieving this award.

    For 2021/2022 the Friends have been presented with their latest Green Flag Award.

    Friends with the new flag 2022

    Thursday, 5th August 2016: Representatives of the Friends along with Gardener, Michael Laird were at Templeton Woods this morning to receive the Rock Garden's Green Flag for 2016-2017 presented by Councillor Vari Macdonald
    Friends with the new flag 2016 Green Flag Award 2016-17 Michael Ann Iain with Councillor Var and Countryside Ranger

    18th June 2015
    Judges, Scott Thomson and Jenny Hargreaves from Keep Scotland Beautiful visited the Barnhill Rock Garden on Thursday, 18th June for the annual assessment in respect of our Green Flag. The weather was a bit bleak but the atmosphere was warm and the Garden did its best to impress.
    Green flag award 2015-16

    19th August 2014
    Deputy environment convener Vari McDonald and environment director Ken Laing came to the Barnhill Rock Garden to present the Barnhill Rock Garden, Baxter Park, Templeton Woods and Trottick Ponds Nature Reserve with their Green Flags for 2014-2015. Friends of the Garden and Gardener, Michael Laird were present for the event.
    Green flag award 2014-15

    Thursday, 15th August 2013: Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden were presented with a new (their seventh) Green Flag by Convener, Craig Melville at Trottick Mill Ponds.
    Friends with the new flag 2013 Presentation of the new Green Flag 2013

    The Barnhill Rock Garden was awarded it’s sixth Green Flag in July 2012 at Baxter Park. Trottick Mill Ponds, Baxter Park and Templeton Woods were also awarded Green Flags once more. Gardener, Michael Laird and Friends, Iain Hunter, Anne Hesketh, Ann Taylor, Isobel Turner and Mary Saunders were present to accept the new flag which was later hoisted down at the Rock Garden.
    Green Flag 2012 Presentation Barnhill Rock Garden Green Flag 2012

    Templeton Woods was the site for the presentation of the 2011-12 Green Flags as it was receiving its first Green Flag. Michael Laird and three of the Friends were delighted to be there to receive the Garden's fifth Green Flag. Representatives from Trottick Ponds, Baxter Park and the Council's Environment Department were also present.
    green flag celebrations 2011 Michael and friends with their new green flag 2011

    Wednesday, 28th July 2010 Friends of the Garden and Michael Laird, were delighted to receive the fourth Green Flag earned by the Barnhill Rock Garden for 2010-2011. This year they were joined by representatives from Trottick Ponds and Baxter Park for the presentation at the Rock Garden. Green Flag award for 2010-2011

    The scheme was trialed for the first time in Scotland in 2007 by Edinburgh and Dundee and the Barnhill Rock Garden won its first award. In 2008 Trottick Mill Ponds and the Barnhill Rock Garden obtained the award and in 2009 they were joined by Baxter Park. Perth also took part in 2009.Friends with their second Green Flag in 2008