Green Flag Awards
Record number of Hounslow parks get Green Flag status
A record number of 15 parks and open spaces in Hounslow have all been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award.
Jersey Gardens has a Green Flag for the first time and joins Feltham Green, Turnham Green, Dukes Meadows, Boston Manor Park, Redlees Park, Beaversfield Park, Bedfont Lakes Country Park, Chiswick Back Common, St Dunstan’s Park, Lampton Park, St John’s Gardens, Crane Park, Inwood Park and Church Road Allotment.
Having the Green Flag means being registered officially as being one of the very best parks and open spaces in the UK and is a mark of a quality park or green space.
Carillion manage the parks on behalf of the council, and maintain many of the facilities provided, including the play areas, sports facilities, trees, grass and flower beds.
These green spaces sit among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and open spaces that have received the award this year.
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the park or green area boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement to have 15 Green Flags parks and open spaces in our borough.
“We are extremely proud and the award of the Green Flags is a result of the hard work that is carried out by the council, Carillion and very importantly, the many volunteers and park groups from our local community, to keep the parks and open spaces that are very precious to us, restored and in wonderful condition for people to enjoy.
“It is a joy to have our parks and open spaces in what is a busy London borough and to have them nationally recognised as being amongst the best, is great for Hounslow.”
The Green Flag Award scheme
The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. The objective of the Green Flag Award scheme is to encourage the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways. The Green Flag Award helps to create public recognition of good quality green spaces and in doing so aims to rebuild people’s confidence in them.
It was first launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country. The first awards were given in 1997 and, many years later; it continues to provide the benchmark against which our parks and green spaces are measured. It is also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve high environmental standards, setting a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.
Sites are awarded a Flag based on a Field Assessment and review of their Management Plan. The criteria by which sites are judged are grouped under eight main headings that together make for a comprehensive definition of what a good green space might be. They outline the standards that a Green Flag site must achieve and they set targets for improvement.The headings define:
- How to create a sense that people are positively welcomed into a green space
- How best to ensure that the site is a safe and healthy environment
- What people can expect to find in the way of standards of cleanliness, facilities and maintenance
- How a green space can be managed in environmentally sensitive ways
- The value of conservation and care of historic heritage
- Ways of encouraging community involvement
- Methods of promoting or marketing a site
- How to reflect all the above in a coherent and accessible management plan, statement or strategy
Green Flag Management Plans
- Avenue Park
- Beaversfield Park
- Bedfont Lakes Country Park
- Boston Manor Park
- Chiswick Back Common
- Church Road Green
- Dukes Meadow
- Feltham Green
- Feltham Park
- Hanworth Park
- Inwood Park
- Jersey Gardens
- Lampton Park
- Redlees Park
- St Dunstan's Park
- St John's Gardens
- Stamford Brook Common
The Green Flag Award scheme website: www.greenflagaward.org.uk
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