Seventeen parks across the borough have again set the standard for having some of the best green spaces in the country, by reaffirming their Green Flag status today.
The Green Flag award scheme began in 1996 to recognise these spaces and to encourage others to achieve the same high environmental standards. The award acknowledges high standards of park facilities, including maintenance and community engagement.
Successful parks and green spaces are eligible to fly the ‘Green Flag’ for 1 year after which they have to re-apply to retain the award. However, a park or green space must maintain and improve on previous standards to be guaranteed a subsequent award.
In the 2017 inspection, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames has been re-awarded all sixteen of its Green Flags for its parks and open spaces managed by the Council. And, a new one has been presented with the coveted award – Carlisle Park in Hampton.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“The borough has a long standing history of excellence within our parks and open spaces and this year’s Green Flag awards demonstrate that we are still leaders in London, celebrating our reputation as one of the most beautiful places in the country.
“I would like to say a big thank you to the council officers, our contractors and the communities that support our parks – particularly the Friends of Carlisle Park. They are instrumental in ensuring they are recognised as the fantastic green spaces they are.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:
“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”
The 17 Parks that were recognised by The Green Flag Awards were:
- Cambridge Gardens
- Carlisle Park
- Crane Park (Jt with Hounslow)
- Garricks Lawn
- Ham Village Green
- Hampton Common
- Hatherop Park
- Kew Green
- Kneller Gardens
- Palewell Common & Fields
- Radnor Gardens
- Richmond Green
- Terrace Gardens and Buccleuch Gardens
- The King's Field
- Twickenham Green
- Westerly Ware
- York House Gardens