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A 2012 Green Flag is to be raised in Appley Park tomorrow (July 18th), to recognise the quality of the green space.

The 220-year-old park in Ryde has been given a Green Flag Award, a national prize for public parks and community spaces, according to iwcp.co.uk. The ceremony to raise the flag begins at 15:00.

George Brown, cabinet member responsible for the environment at Isle of Wight Council, stressed that it is “very important” for places like Appley Park to be recognised; adding that an increasing number of people have been using the landmark.

He said: “There are very strict standards required to be awarded a Green Flag and it is a credit to the staff who work in our parks and countryside that Appley has once again been given this prestigious recognition.”

People staying in the accommodation Isle of Wight has to offer may also want to check out Shanklin Voluntary Youth and Community Centre or Play Lane Millennium Green in Ryde, as both of these spaces won Green Flag Community Awards.

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme manager, claimed there was an “astounding” number of applications this year, reported iwradio.co.uk. He revealed that it has been a record-breaking year for the Keep Britain Tidy-backed scheme, with the organisation giving more green flags than ever before.

In order to win the accolades, green spaces must meet a number of conditions – including access to amenities such as drinking water and toilets, as well as satisfying conditions relating to cleanliness.