West London parks safety work recognised

Nine parks in West London have been singled out for tefforts to make them safer places.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, revealed the 31 parks across the capital chosen to receive a Safer Park Award for their hard work to combat crime and improve green spaces. West London provided nine for the list, with five, three in Harrow and two in Hounslow, getting the top “Gold” Award.

The Mayor’s Safer Parks Award aims to celebrate London’s best social spaces, and are being presented to Friends of Parks groups who have worked in partnership with councils and the police to target anti-social behaviour and revitalise local parks.

Working with boroughs, the Mayor’s Safer Parks Award scheme provides opportunities to revitalise public space, making a big difference to London’s quality of life and helping create a safer city.

The winning parks are:

  • Spikesbridge Park                      Ealing                                          Silver
  • Bishops Park                               Hammersmith and Fulham    Silver
  • South Park                                    Hammersmith and Fulham    Silver
  • Canons Park                                Harrow                                        Gold
  • Harrow Recreation Ground       Harrow                                        Gold
  • Roxeth Recreation Ground        Harrow                                        Gold
  • Beaversfield Park                        Hounslow                                   Bronze
  • Chiswick House and Gardens Hounslow                                   Gold
  • Dukes Meadows                          Hounslow                                  Gold

The Mayor, Boris Johnson said: “London boasts some of the most sublime green spaces in the country, and everyone deserves to enjoy their local parks without fear of crime. The scheme recognises the tireless work many unsung local heroes put into making green spaces more pleasant for everyone. I congratulate all 31 parks for their outstanding efforts. I hope this inspires others to get involved to deliver real change to run-down areas. Each one has found its own way to turnaround the often low level crime and antisocial behaviour that scares people away.“

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