09 April 2021

Green Flag Award pays tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The Green Flag Award scheme is saddened to hear of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke was a champion of environmental causes including becoming President of Fields in Trust, formerly the National Playing Fields Association (NPFA) in 1948 until 2013. During that period the number of green spaces protected grew to over 2,000.

Early in his royal life, The Duke was said to be appalled to see children playing in the street instead of on green spaces and it became his desire to improve this situation for young people in urban areas. This led to him taking the Presidency of the NPFA, succeeding his uncle, Rear Admiral the Rt. Hon. Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

Green Flag Award Manager Paul Todd said; “Our thoughts today are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family. He leaves a lasting legacy in the thousands of parks and green spaces that are now protected and will be enjoyed by future generations”

The Green Flag Award scheme works with Fields in Trust to ensure that as many parks and green spaces are protected for future generations and managed to a quality standard set by the Award