Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 8063 Management This section evaluates how well the management plan is implemented on site. Green spaces commonly represent significant and valuable assets within any Managing Organisation’s portfolio, and as such, should be professionally managed. Therefore, the Green Flag Award requires the establishment of an active management plan based on a deep understanding of the community that it serves and its aspirations, believing that this is important to ensure the proper funding of these assets with financial, staff and volunteer resources. It also provides a document that enables everybody involved in that green space to be clear about what is being achieved and their role in achieving it. 27 Implementation of Management Plan Applicants need to have a management plan and be using it. Judges will be looking for evidence that it is used in practice. They will be interested to know how familiar people are with the management plan and may ask members of staff and community representatives, as well as assessing overall how well-run the site appears to be. There is no set format for this document – it does not have to be based around the Green Flag Award criteria, although an assessment against these criteria could provide a useful starting point. Applicants might find it helpful to put within the management plan a cover note to help the judges to find the information that they need to assess the criteria. Most important is that the management plan is integral to the running of the site. It should be in regular use and not simply written for the award application and put away for the next year. At its best, anyone should be able to pick up the management plan and know what is important about managing the site now and in the future. Future aspirations are important. Judges will be looking to see that the management plan is regularly updated and also that there is a response to the previous judges’ assessment. Broadly, the management plan should take this kind of approach: Where are we now? + Introduction to the site + Historical and social context + Site description Where do we want to get to? + The vision + Assessment and analysis – strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats + Aims and objectives How are we going to get there? + Reference to relevant policies + Work and action plans and timetable + Finance and resource allocations How do we know we have arrived? + Monitoring and review process Section 8