Our longest-standing volunteer Green Flag Award judge,
Chris Worman, visited Buckingham Palace today to collect his MBE
from Prince Charles. The award, in the Queen's Birthday Honours
list, celebrated Chris's voluntary services to the Green Flag Award
Scheme and public parks.
Chris, who is also the Parks and Grounds Manager at Rugby
Borough Council, has supported the Green Flag Award scheme for
parks and green spaces since its launch in 1996.
In his two decades of volunteering he has given thousands of
hours of his time, using his holidays, evenings and weekends, and
judged more than 300 parks and green spaces across the UK - the
average for judges over this period would be about 40.
The scheme relies on the support of more than 800 volunteer
judges who have helped to make the scheme the success it is today
and Chris has trained and mentored more than 60 of them.
Green Flag Award Programme Manager Paul Todd said: "Chris is
an inspirational figure whose passion for and commitment to
providing everyone in this country with the best quality parks is
"He willingly carries out every request we make of him,
visiting volunteer groups, local authorities, universities and
private companies who aspire to achieve the Green Flag Award,
willingly sharing his knowledge and providing advice and
Speaking about his MBE, Chris said: "It's quite an honour,
both personally and professionally, and especially as I judged
Buckingham Palace Gardens in 2012 to mark Her Majesty's Diamond
Jubilee, but it's not really about me.
"It's recognition for the Green Flag Award scheme itself,
and an acknowledgement of the importance of our nation's public
parks along with all the thousands of people involved in their
management and maintenance."