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D&G park wins first award for south of Scotland

Dock Park in Dumfries and Galloway has won the prestigious Green Flag Award.

It's one of 58 places in Scotland and the first park in the south of Scotland to be given the award.

The Green Flag is the benchmark for a quality green space and is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Volunteer judges, with backgrounds in areas such as parks management, conservation or ecology, assess the park against eight criteria:

  • welcoming
  • healthy, safe and secure
  • clean and well-maintained
  • sustainable
  • manages conservation and heritage
  • community involvement
  • markets itself
  • good management

A £2 million regeneration of Dock Park was completed earlier this year.

It was officially opened in May by the Earl of Wessex and now boasts a new mini gold area, a refurbished play park and new toilet facilities.

Over the past few years it had gradually fallen into disrepair, but it has now been restored to its former glory.

The bandstand has been the focal point of the park since the 19th century.
The bandstand has been the focal point of the park since the 19th century Credit: ITV Border
The new bowling green in Dock Park
The new bowling green in Dock Park Credit: ITV Border

“This is wonderful news for Dumfries and the wider region, and is testament to the investment which has gone into regenerating Dock Park over the last few years. Dock Park is now blazing a trail for other parks in Dumfries and Galloway, and we hope that more parks win a Green Flag in future years.

“All over Scotland people are caring for their towns, cities and green spaces. Whether it’s through Green Flag or our other programmes such as Clean Up Scotland and Beautiful Scotland, local people are raising the bar and making their communities great places to live in.”

– Derek Robertson, Chief Executive, Keep Scotland Beautiful

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Dock park restoration begins

Work has begun on the £2 million revamp of the Dock Park in Dumfries.

The restoration work is will include creating a new entrance to the park, an overhaul of the bandstand and improving the child play areas.

Local councillors Colin Smythe and John Martin have been campaigning for the council to restore the park, after what they call years of neglect and vandalism.

The work is being funded by Dumfries and Galloway council, along with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"For a long time we have been inundated by fed up local residents reporting the latest vandalism in the park and it really is in a sorry state.

"This announcement is great news not only for everyone who uses the park, but in particular local residents who have had to look on at first hand at the way the park has declined in recent years.

"The council have a habit of dithering when it comes to big projects so we will be keeping the pressure on to ensure that work on the Dock Park is completed as soon as possible.

"The fact that part of the restoration will include CCTV cameras is also positive as there is no point spending nearly £2 million on the park, only to see it suffer more vandalism when the work is done."

– Councillor John Martin, Nith ward

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