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The University campus receives for the third consecutive year the international award for the management of parks and green spaces.

The Green Flag Award recognizes the level of excellence in management and places it among the best parks in Europe.

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29/10/20 10:01

The campus of the University of Navarra has received for the third consecutive year the international Green Flag Award for the management of parks and green spaces. The award is a recognition of the comprehensive management of its green areas and places the campus as one of the best parks in Europe for the level of excellence in its management. The 2020 edition of the Green Flag Award has recognized a total of 2,224 parks in 15 countries. In addition to the campus of the University of Navarra, Spain includes the Water Park in Zaragoza, the campus of the University of Huesca and the Quevedo Park in León.

"We are pleased. This award recognizes the effort and work of the Gardening team and the rest of the campus services. At the same time, it encourages us to continue working to maintain a green and sustainable campus, also in the dimension of social sustainability, so that it can be enjoyed not only by the university community but also by the entire city," said Cristina Muñoz Corsini, director of Planning and Design of the campus. "It is a recognition that we are very grateful for and it commits us to continue striving to improve it."  

Eight people currently work in the Gardening team of the Works and Maintenance Service of the University of Navarra. In total, during the past year, the academic center allocated 1,871,500 euros to the maintenance of the campus. With its 113 hectares of land, it is the largest park in Pamplona. It has more than 4,190 trees of 173 different species, as well as various shrub species, and a botanical route that can be followed while walking. Since last year, it also includes a 5 km circular running circuit.  

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's how much we value our local parks and green spaces, the Green Flag Award organization said. The award's International Development Manager, Carl McClean, added: "This achievement is a great recognition for the staff and volunteers, and the municipalities that support them, who have worked so hard to preserve parks and green spaces during this very difficult period for all of us". For his part, Green Flag Award program director Paul Todd emphasized that, in light of the pandemic, parks have never been more important for physical and mental health. "All the research shows that spending time in good quality green spaces can improve people's well-being," he said. Created in England in 1996, the Green Flag Award is an international, not-for-profit accreditation program that recognizes and rewards well-maintained parks and green spaces.

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