A number of public parks and gardens in county Mayo have been awarded 2020 Green Flag awards.

International accreditation for park excellence in Ireland has jumped again this year, in a season which has seen massive park visitor increases everywhere.

The annual designation is awarded for exceeding tough environmental standards in green space management, and excellence of visitor attractions.

The Green Flag Award for Parks is the mark of a quality park or green space and is recognised throughout the world.

Mayo County Council picked up two awards, for the Jackie Clarke Collection Heritage and Garden and Turlough Park.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service secured the award for  Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park.

While North Mayo Heritage Centre was awarded a Green Flag for Enniscoe.

There were three Green Flag Community Award winners in Mayo - Ballina Karen Community Garden, Ballyhaunis Community Garden, and Kilmaine Community Garden.

The amenities are maintained by community groups and they were acknowledged for the excellence of their volunteers  who operate and manage  community green spaces.



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