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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
Blackheath
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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Green Flag success for Lewisham Parks and Nature Reserves

Lewisham Parks win 11 Green Flags and 3 Green Flag Community Awards given to Community Groups

The Green Flag Community Award® (formally Green Pennant Award) is a national award that recognises high quality green spaces in England and Wales that are managed by voluntary and community groups.  The Award is part of the Green Flag Award® scheme, the national standard for quality parks and green spaces.

 

This year Devonshire Road Nature Reserve won the award for the fourth year running, Grove Park Nature reserve won it for the third year running and Grow Mayow in Mayow Park were successful at their first attempt in applying for the award!  This is a fantastic achievement and everyone involved deserves massive congratulations.

Not forgetting the fantastic achievements of the parks.  11 sites were successful this year, a number of which were recieving them for at least the second time and one Mayow Park recieved it for the first time!  The successful parks were Mayow Park, Sydenham Wells Park, Bellingham Green, Manor House Gardens, Hill Fields, Ladywell Fields, Chinbrook Meadows, Cornmill Gardens, Blackheath, Brookmill Park and Telegraph Hill Park.

Is you local Park the best in the UK?

You now have a chance to vote for your park in teh People’s Choice Awards.  The People’s Choice Award is an annual online vote that gives the public the power to decide which one of the 1,290 parks or green spaces flying the Green Flag Award or Community Award this year, should be named the site of the year.  All you need to do is visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk to register your vote.  Select your region on our interactive map, find your favourite park or green space and click the ‘vote for this site’ button.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award winner closes at midday on Monday 12 September, and the winner will be announced on the 21 September. So get voting!!