Ireland’s Blue Book is delighted to announce that Enniscoe House in Ballina, Co. Mayo have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for 2019.
The awards are run by An Taisce and are only awarded for exceeding tough environmental standards in green space management and excellence of visitor attractions. One of the main purposes of the Green Flag Award is to ensure that everybody has access to quality green and other open spaces, irrespective of where they live.
“In terms of urban renewal, and rural and community development, the Green Flag Award for Parks is a logical and sensible step towards supporting community engagement with green space improvement and helps increase the quality of life within our communities.” said Robert Moss, the Green Flag Award for Parks Manager in the Republic of Ireland.
The gardens at Enniscoe House were laid out at the time the first house was built in the 18th Century and were maintained for many years to follow this. Major renovations came when the Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration Programme was launched in 1995, it was then the decision was made to work again in the gardens that had become overgrown.
Susan Kellett; owner of The Enniscoe Estate said; “It is over thirty years since I took over the ownership and management of Enniscoe House and Estate. In that time, we have set about the restoration of the house and gardens and redeveloped the estate into a community focused destination for this rural and regional community. I am delighted that the work carried out by so many people over the years has been recognised by An Taisce”
For more information on The Green Flag Award, please see http://www.greenflagaward.org/.