With significant investment under the local Conservatives, our borough's parks and open spaces are the best in London and they are greatly valued by our residents. People of all ages enjoy them for many reasons including relaxation, play, sport, exercise, and biodiversity. Activities like the Green Gym, Health Walks and nature buddies provide opportunities to meet new people and get more involved with environmental projects.
Seventeen parks have Green Flags, and our Parks Team has won numerous awards including Britain in Bloom, London in Bloom, and International Communities in Bloom. Although only created in 2012 under the local Conservatives, the Diamond Jubilee Gardens was won two prestigious landscaping awards. Strawberry Woods, the borough's newest park, has transformed an area of overgrown wasteland into a woodland play area.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, says:
"Other councils are struggling to keep their parks open but in Richmond Borough our local Conservative administration has invested £3 million over the last 5 years in parks and playgrounds. Getting out in the park is good for us all mentally as well as physically and we want all our open spaces to be welcoming and accessible. We have a dedicated team of officers but what makes our parks so successful is the partnership with our Friends Groups and many volunteers. A new Conservative Council will continue to invest in parks and playgrounds, and working with our Friends Groups we will be able to access additional funding for improvements to make our parks even better."