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Dock Park in Dumfries selected as best in Scotland

Dock Park receives Green Flag award and best park in Scotland. Credit: ITV News Border

Keep Scotland Beautiful has revealed the results of the poll to identify the nation's favourite open spaces.

The Dock Park was the national winner in the People's Choice award ahead of Beechwood Park in Stirling and Rouken Glen in East Renfrewshire.

A total of 59 Green Flag Award winning parks and green spaces were entered into this year's Scottish vote.

The Green Flag is the benchmark for a quality green space and is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful. Credit: ITV News Border

“We were absolutely delighted that the Dock Park was awarded a coveted Green Flag earlier this year, which was worthy recognition of the way the council has totally transformed the park. However to now be voted No. 1 in Scotland is an outstanding achievement especially because this award was as a result of a public vote."

– Councillor Colin Smyth

Dock Park voted best in Scotland

The park was the first in D&G to receive the award Credit: ITV News Border

Dock Park in Dumfries and Galloway has been voted by the public as the best in Scotland.

The vote was organised by the Green Flag Award scheme, an accolade administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful to high quality sites with community involvement.

It beat Beechwood Park in Stirling and Rouken Glen in East Renfrewshire to the top spot.

The park has recently undergone a £2million restoration.

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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 Credit: ITV Border
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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