NEW Dumbarton Cemetery is the first in Scotland to be recognised by an environmental charity for its high standards and provision of quality outdoor space.

The Green Flag Award, administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, is a benchmark for quality green space.

New Dumbarton Cemetery has been awarded the accolade and is the first cemetery in Scotland to achieve this honour.

Dalmuir Park, run by West Dunbartonshire Council, joins almost 70 others from across the country that are celebrating receiving the award.

Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener for Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “We are blessed with countless wonderful parks and open spaces across West Dunbartonshire and I am delighted that Dalmuir Park has been awarded this prestigious honour.

"It’s also extremely pleasing to secure a Green Flag Award for the New Dumbarton Cemetery – the first in Scotland to do so. Our cemeteries offer a place of comfort and solace to bereaved families, so it is fantastic that the New Dumbarton Cemetery has been recognised in this way.”

All parks are assessed by volunteer judges with a background in park management, conservation or ecology. Applicants are judged against testing criteria which includes assessing whether the park or green space is welcoming, safe, well-maintained and secure.

Dr Lindsay Montgomery, CBE, chairman of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Good quality green space is vital to the health and wellbeing of local communities, families and individuals – that is why it is fantastic to see Scotland’s parks and green spaces going from strength to strength.

“More Scottish parks are flying the Green Flag Award than ever before. This record breaking number is a testament to the hard work and determination of park managers, local authorities and volunteers.

“It is great to see such a concerted effort across Scotland to improve our open spaces. We are proud of all our award winners, who work year round, to make Scotland’s parks and public spaces beautiful.”

To be considered for the awards, the park managing authority must apply Further information at