West London has scored success again in the annual Green Flag Awards, which are given to excellent public green spaces.
1797 parks, gardens, cemeteries, universities, museums, hospitals, shopping centres and canals across the UK have met the tough criteria demanded by the Award. with 103 getting one in West London. To put that in to perspective, Wales collected 82 awards, and Scotland 72.
Green Flag Parks by council:
- Ealing – 20
- Hammersmith & Fulham – 12
- Harrow – 5
- Hillingdon – 48 (the most for any London Borough, and including Barra Hall Park, pictured above)
- Hounslow – 12
- Wandsworth – 1
(Brent and Barnet Councils do not participate in the Green Flag programme, but say they run their parks and open spaces by Green Flag principles)
In addition the following independently run parks received awards:
- Brunel University
- Chiswick Park
- Gunnersbury Triangle
- Harmondsworth Moor
- Imperial Wharf
The Green Flag Award is a sign of a well-managed, clean and safe park and with many people increasingly relying on their local park as a place to exercise, relax and have fun, quality green space has never been more important. It is a key indicator of an are’s “liveability”.
Research shows that employees who have good access to quality green open space are more productive than those who do not.
The Green Flag Award is managed under license from the UK Government Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) by Keep Britain Tidy who also administers the scheme in England.