British Ministry recognises, once again, gardens in Porto among the best in the world.

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Filipa Brito

The Jardim Botânico, the Parque da Cidade and Jardim do Passeio Alegre in Porto are, once again, on the list of the best green spaces in the world, according to the evaluation of the Green Flag Award. This year, the prize awarded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, and by the non-governmental organisation Keep Britain Tidy also attributed an additional distinction to Jardim do Passeio Alegre.

This recognition reinforces Porto among the places in the world with the highest standards of demand in the management and maintenance of parks and gardens.

The three gardens in the city renew the accreditations received in 2019 and 2020, with an addition: this year, the Green Flag Award awarded the title of “Green Heritage Site” to Jardim do Passeio Alegre. This accreditation aims to distinguish the maintenance of the historical characteristics of these spaces and their conservation standards and it is the first time that it has been awarded to a space in Portugal.

In this edition, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the British award, 30 green spaces from eight countries were distinguished: Portugal, Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.

Addressing all the prize winners, the Green Flag Award international manager stated that this recognition “is a testament to the hard work of an entire team, both staff and volunteers, who keep parks and green spaces going through difficult times and make them such important spaces every year”, especially in a pandemic year.