Eighteenth borough park to receive Green Flag award

Release Date: 18 July 2018

North Sheen Recreation Ground has been recognised by the Green Flag award scheme as one of the best parks in the country, increasing the total number of Richmond Borough parks to achieve this status to 18.

The Green Flag award scheme began in 1996 as a way of recognising the importance of parks and green spaces and encouraging the provision and attainment of high environmental standards. The award measures a whole range of aspects associated with the management of parks including facilities, maintenance and community engagement.

Successful parks and green spaces are eligible to fly the ‘Green Flag’ for a year, after which they have to re-apply to retain the award. However, a park or green space must at least maintain and improve upon previous standards to be guaranteed a subsequent award.

Following an extensive external judging regime, we have been re-awarded all seventeen of our Green Flags and gained a new ‘Green Flag’ for North Sheen Recreation Ground, bringing the total to eighteen in 2018.

Cllr Martin Elengorn, Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Sustainability, said:

“This borough has long had excellent parks and open spaces and this year’s Green Flag Awards once again confirm we are maintaining and improving our standards.

“I thank all council officers, contractors, friends’ groups and the wider community who support our parks. They play a vital role in maintaining the excellence of these green spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

International Green Flag award scheme manager, Paul Todd, said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

The 18 Parks that were recognised by the Green Flag awards were:

  • Cambridge Gardens
  • Carlisle Park
  • Crane Park (Jt with Hounslow)
  • Garricks Lawn
  • Ham Village Green
  • Hampton Common
  • Hatherop Park
  • Kew Green
  • Kneller Gardens
  • North Sheen Rec
  • Palewell Common and Fields
  • Radnor Gardens
  • Richmond Green
  • Terrace Gardens and Buccleuch Gardens
  • The King's Field
  • Twickenham Green
  • Westerly Ware
  • York House Gardens

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Reference: P355/18

Updated: 31 July 2018