West London has collected 42 Green Flag Awards, up ten from last year, and still more than the whole of Scotland.
1,288 parks and green spaces throughout the UK have received the Green Flag Award or Community Award. The Awards are given to public parks and open spaces, aiming to "recognise and reward the best green spaces". Last year, West London collected 32, and while there are some ins and outs in the list, the growth shows that West London can be proud of its parks. West London has outperformed Greater London as a whole, which has dropped from 229 to 228.
Green spaces contribute to the economy – a new study by The UK National Ecosystems Assessment (NEA) shows that the health benefits of living with a view of green space are worth up to £300 per person per year.
The West London Green Flag parks are:
Brent – Roundwood Park, Fryent Country Park, Gladstone Park, Barham Park, Mapesbury Dell, King Edward VII Park, Welsh Harp and Preston Park
Ealing – Hanwell Cemetary
Harrow – Canons Park, Harrow Recreation Ground, Pinner Memorial Park and Roxeth Recreation Ground
Hammersmith & Fulham – Ravenscourt Park, Frank Banfield Park, Margravine Cemetery, Normand Park, St Peter’s Square, and Little Wormwoods Scrubs
Hillingdon – Little Britain Lake, Warrender Park, Willow Tree Open Space, Minet Country Park, Hillingdon Court Park, Churchfield Gardens, Harefield Village Green, Lake Farm Country Park, Little Harlington Playing Fields, Uxbridge Common, Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve, Cowley Recreation Ground, Fassnidge Park, Hill Lane Park, Eastcote House Gardens, Yiewsley Recreation Ground, Norman Leddy Memorial Gardens, Barra Hall Park and Cranford Countryside Park
Hounslow – Bedfont Lakes Country Park, Turnham Green, Beaversfield Park, and Boston Manor Park