Green Flag success in Lewisham

Keep Britain Tidy a record breaking number of parks and green spaces for 2013!

A number of parks and green spaces in Lewisham are among a record breaking 1,447 that have won a prestigious Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award.   Together with the Horniman Gardens, which is managed by the Museum Trust, Lewisham now has an outstanding 14 Green Flags, ranking it among one of the top 10 London boroughs and joint seventh nationally.  Lewisham also retained several Green Flag Community Awards (formally the Green Pennant Award) and picked up a new one for Frendsbury Gardens.

Councillor Susan Wise, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, said “I’m extremely proud that once again, our borough has retained Green Flag awards for our magnificent parks and open spaces.

“I’m especially pleased that Frendsbury Gardens has received an award. As one of our newer open spaces, it’s a great example of how a community, supported by the Big Lottery fund, has turned around a disused space into something which is now award-winning.”

“Our parks management team at Glendale work very hard all year round to make our parks clean, safe, enjoyable and stimulating places to visit. I would also like to give a special thanks to all of our park friends and user groups, who do so much to ensure that our parks benefit the whole community.”

Cllr Susan Wise with the Friends of Frendsbury Gardens
Cllr Susan Wise with the Friends of Frendsbury Gardens

Green Flag Awards are run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and recognise and reward the best parks in the country. Green Flag Awards are judged against eight criteria including: a welcoming place, healthy, safe and secure, clean and well maintained, sustainability, conservation and heritage, community involvement, marketing and management.

The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.   The record number of awards across the country means more people than ever before will have access to well-managed, quality green space, which is vital to people’s health and wellbeing.

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.  Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

For some sites such as Devonshire Road nature reserve, this is the fifth year running that they have been successful, which is a fantastic achievement and everyone involved should be very proud. Many other sites have been awarded for a number of years running as well.  Frendsbury Gardens was successful at their first attempt at entering this year, so a big congratulations to them.

The successful Green Flag Parks were as follows;

Bellingham Green
Brookmill Park
Chinbrook Meadows
Cornmill Gardens
Deptford Park
Hilly Fields
Ladywell Fields
Manor House Gardens
Manor Park
Mayow Park
Sydenham Wells Park
Telegraph Hill Park

The successful Green Flag Community Award Nature Reserves were;

Albion Millennium Green
Devonshire Road nature reserve
Frendsbury Gardens
Grove Park nature reserve
Horniman nature trail

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