Friday, August 6, 2010

Samphire Hoe wins Green Flag

Samphire Hoe in Dover - the habitat created with the waste of the construction of the channel tunnel - has won a Green Flag for its work for bio-diversity. This is the fifth time the scheme has been honoured with the award.

Special textiles have been used as a barrier, many salt-resistant plants have been added and the park recreates the sort of chalk grassland which is found locally.  The site is now home to at least 198 species of plant and the site has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  There are also a huge number of birds on the site.

More information on Samphire Hoe can be found here

The Green Flags are awarded by a consortium of the following organisations:

  • Keep Britain Tidy - an environmental charity and the anti-litter campaign for England. Keep Britain Tidy also run programmes such as Eco-Schools, Blue Flag and Quality Coast Awards for beaches and the Green Flag for parks
  • BTCV - an environmental conservation charity which supports and promotes volunteering throughout the UK
  • GreenSpace - a registered charity which works to improve parks and green spaces by raising awareness, involving communities and creating skilled professionals.

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