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Lambeth’s parks and open spaces among the best in Britain

Eleven of Lambeth’s parks and green spaces will again be flying the Green Flag this year, alongside four community gardens who have secured a Green Flag Community Award.

Archbishop’s Park, Brockwell Park, Hillside Gardens Park, Kennington Park, Milkwood Community Park, Myatt’s Fields Park, Ruskin Park, Streatham Rookery, St. John’s Churchyard, St. Paul’s Churchyard and Vauxhall Park are among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces which have been independently judged to deserve to retain and fly a prestigious Green Flag Award which is the mark of a quality park or green space.

In addition, Agnes Riley Community Gardens, Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Eden at St. Paul’s Community Garden and Windmill Gardens have all won a Green Flag Community Award – with Windmill Gardens winning the award at its very first attempt. The Community Award recognises the commitment and enthusiasm of community organisations in managing a local open space.

Additionally, Brockwell Park was the Greater London Regional Winner for the ‘Bee’s Needs’ special award scheme, and which is awarded to site that are being managed to benefit bees and other pollinators. Brockwell Park’s wonderful ‘Wildflower Slope’ next to the Brockwell Lido, plus the recent creation of over 1,000 square metres of native flower-rich hedgerows and meadow woodland, were key factors in the park winning this special award.

These awards recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the United Kingdom, and a Green Flag or Community Award flying overhead is a sign to the public that the site boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained, has excellent facilities and is serving its customer’s needs.

Councillor Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are absolutely delighted to not only retain all of our eleven Green Flag Awards for the third successive year in a row, but also for Windmill Gardens to become the fourth and newest Community Award site in Lambeth.

“These awards recognise the highest quality of public greenspaces and are a tribute to the role played by local people in the management and improvement of Lambeth’s public green spaces.”

The announcement of this year’s Award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying “Love Parks Week” (July 24 to August 2), an annual celebration of green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.

A full list of Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award winners is available here: www.keepbritaintidy.org/greenflagawards2015/2334

The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.

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