Residents have welcomed the news that two more Hammersmith & Fulham parks have been awarded Green Flag status, boosting the borough’s tally of world-class green spaces to 15.
Newcomers Marcus Garvey Park and William Parnell Park (aka Pineapple Park), have added to the number of green spaces in the borough, judged to meet Keep Britain Tidy’s strict criteria for the best parks in the country.
The Green Flag scheme, now in its 22nd year, recognises parks with the highest standards of cleanliness, horticulture and facilities.
“Working closely with residents helps us keep our parks and green spaces in superb condition,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
“This teamwork helps us build on our aspiration to be the greenest borough in the country.
“These new awards are testament to the hard work of our parks staff and the residents and ‘friends’ groups, whose efforts ensure our parks remain welcoming, pleasant and clean for everyone who visits.”
“This is great news for users of Marcus Garvey Park and it is a testament to the hard work not only from the friends group but the council and the volunteers who come out for the community gardening day once a month,” said Alwyn Simpson, of the Friends of Marcus Garvey Park.
“We will continue to ensure that we maintain the standard we have set, and continue to encourage the local community to use and cherish the space, and then we can rest assured that we will work with council to keep it as a nice place to relax.”
Parks with the highest possible standards
The Green Flag award recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
A Green Flag flying overhead in H&F’s parks is a sign to the residents that the park boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
The awards are judged by experts, who visit all the applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
The 15 sites awarded Green Flag status are:
- Bishop’s Park and Fulham Palace
- Brook Green
- Frank Banfield Park
- Furnivall Gardens
- Hammersmith Park
- Hurlingham Park
- Margravine Cemetery
- Norland North Open Space
- Normand Park
- Ravenscourt Park
- South Park
- St Peter’s Square
- Wormholt Park
- Marcus Garvey Park
- William Parnell Park (Pineapple Park).
Find out more about Hammersmith & Fulham’s parks and open spaces here.
For more information on the awards visit the Green Flag award website.
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