Green Flag Award parks named as key family-friendly measure
28 September 2011
A new survey on the best places to live for families has named the Green Flag Award scheme for parks as a key measure in making an area a great place to live in.
The Family Friendly Hotspots Report 2011
analyses 2,400 postcode districts in England and Wales, revealing the best places to bring up children. The report, based on research by property market consultancy Calnea Analytics for savings company Family Investments, lists "proximity to Green Flag parks" as a key indicator for family-friendly living.
Describing the scheme in a section on local amenities, the report says: “… most importantly, we were able to analyse data on award-winning parks (from Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Awards scheme) in order to plot exactly where the best public parks and green spaces are across the length and breadth of the country.”
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme manager at Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Being mentioned in The Family Friendly Hotspots Report is yet another ringing endorsement of the Green Flag Award scheme and the real and lasting benefits it brings to communities. It shows once again how important quality parks and green spaces are to us all.”
The purpose of The Family Friendly Hotspots Report is to identify the best locations in the country for young families to live. The research sought to identify the locations which offer the ideal mix of family-friendly factors such as availability of high quality education and child care, low crime rates, access to amenities and affordable housing.
For further information on the Green Flag Award Scheme, managed by the Green Flag Plus Partnership which consists of Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and GreenSpace, visit www.keepbritaintidy.org/greenflag