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Green Flag Award for Housing

The Award                      

The National Housing Federation, Neighbourhoods Green and Keep Britain Tidy are delighted to announce that after two years of development the Green Flag Award for Housing has now launched in England.

Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom and an internationally recognised accreditation. The development of the award for the sector not only shows housing association’s leading role in creating great places to live but provides a target for members to aim for in estate level regeneration and creates a great opportunity to publicise the fantastic work members are already doing. 

Specific sites or estates operated by social landlords will be able to apply for the award, which is not yet applicable to other tenures of housing. Your housing association could well be the first in it's town, city or county to win a Green Flag Award.

Cost, Process, and Applications

The award is given following a two stage process of a paper review and a visit to the site by two expert judges. Judges will always provide expert feedback on how the site can be improved. If you are not sure if a site is ready to submit Keep Britain Tidy can arrange a free pre-application visit to give support and advice for the process. The award is currently only available in England.

Fees for applications in the previous financial year were: 

  • £312.00 (plus VAT) for sites up to 19.99 hectares
  • £363.00 (plus VAT) for sites 20.00 hectares and above 

If you are interested in applying for the Green Flag Award for Housing or just want to know more, please contact Lynsey Atherton at Keep Britain Tidy.


Free training sessions in Manchester and London will be run for staff from interested housing associations. If you are interested in attending and would like to find out more details, please contact Lynsey Atherton at Keep Britain Tidy.

To find out more about the Award visit the Green Flag Award website.

Become a Green Flag Judge

The Green Flag Award Scheme grows in popularity every year, so they are always looking to recruit new judges. If you have experience in nature conservation, ecology, parks and landscape management, community engagement, environmental issues, horticulture or a related discipline then you could be an ideal Green Flag Judge. To find out more and to apply to be a Green Flag Judge visit the website.

What the winners say

“Our residents take pride in their homes. That’s why we strive to create high quality, inner city green spaces, which the whole community can enjoy. Open spaces are fundamental to well-being and help wildlife to flourish in an urban environment. Being recognised on two of our estates with the Green Flag Award is a very important achievement for us. It shows that our spaces are meeting a high quality standard, while creating a place which our residents are proud to call home.”

Liz Waine, Operations Manager at CityWest Homes

“Bournville Village Green is a much loved part of the estate and enjoyed by scores of residents all year round. As such, it’s important to us that, along with Bournville’s other open spaces, it is maintained and preserved to the highest quality. Receiving a Green Flag Award has not only provided us with national recognition for the work that we do, but also clearly demonstrates to residents that we are committed to conserving the Green for future generations to use and enjoy.”

Lloyd Gower, Landscape Manager at Bournville Village Trust


Neighbourhoods Green is a national partnership supported by Design Council Cabe, Groundwork, the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the Landscape Institute, the National Housing Federation, Natural England, the Royal Horticultural Society and the Wildlife Trusts.
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