This year London Borough of Lewisham won 13 Green Flags and 5 Green Flag Community Awards. This year, 1424 sites received this prestigious accolade – a record number! The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country. The Green Flag Community Award recognises high quality green spaces in England and Wales managed by voluntary and community groups and the Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.
This really is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved and everyone should be very proud of all the time and effort they put in to achieving this award. Some sites such as Albion Millennium Green and Sydenham Gardens received their flags for the first time, while others such as Grow Mayow, Devonshire Road and Grove park were winners for at least the second year running.
Councillor Susan Wise, Cabinet Member of Customer service, who raised the flag at Mayow Park on behalf of the council and said: “It is a remarkable achievement that so many of Lewisham’s parks have again reached Green Flag status. This is a tribute to Council and Glendale staff who continue to work hard through the year with our parks’ Friends and User Groups to ensure the facilities are maintained to a high standard and the surroundings enjoyed by the whole community.”
The successful Green Flag Parks were as follows
- Bellingham Green
- Brookmill Park
- Chinbrook Meadows
- Cornmill Gardens
- Deptford Park
- Hilly Fields
- Horniman Museum Gardens
- 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
- Grove Park Nature Reserve
- Grow Mayow
- Horniman Nature Trail
- Sydenham Garden
On Saturday 28th January from 12pm-3pm, the Friends of Mayow Park will be working with the London Orchard Project to plant 10 fruit trees and a fruit hedge. They will be there to offer their assistance and expertise to the volunteers!
So why not come along and help to plant 10 fruit trees and a fruit hedgerow? Wear warm clothes suitable for digging and planting. We would like people to be involved as orchard carers to look after these trees. If you are interested please contact the Friends of Mayow Park or call 020 8244 4259
Refreshments will be available to purchase at Grow Mayow
This project has been organised by London Orchard Project, Friends of Mayow Park (FOMP) and Lewisham Greenscene.
Grow Mayow has some exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so why not pop along and give them a hand. If you are unable to attend these, they also run a number of regular events at the weekends for young and old. Get you children involved in a number of training courses from a Forest School to Permaculture!
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!!
Grow Mayow are supporting The Big Lunch:
Sunday 5 June 2011, 12pm
Come and help setting up decorations,tables,chairs all volunteers welcome
BIG LUNCH starts 12 pm
Bring food to share. Volunteers wanted for BBQ. Bring your own bunting. Musicians welcome.
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many of the 61 million people in the UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours once a year. Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all kinds of communities across the UK and the best part of a million people get involved each year.
Take a look at the video below by biglunch about the good things that came from last year.