Twelve individual parks and open spaces in Lambeth, including Brockwell Park, Kennington Park and West Norwood Cemetery, which is one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Victorian-era cemeteries, are among the very best in the UK – and that’s official. They are included in a record-breaking list of 1,686 parks and green spaces to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
The twelve Award-winning sites in Lambeth are Archbishop’s Park, Brockwell Park, Hillside Gardens Park, Kennington Park, Milkwood Park, Myatt’s Fields Park, Ruskin Park, St. John’s Churchyard Waterloo, St. Paul’s Churchyard Clapham, Streatham Rookery, Vauxhall Park, and West Norwood Cemetery.
West Norwood Cemetery is a brand new addition to Lambeth’s list of Green Flag Award sites, which recognises the hard work and joint effort of both community and council to restore this unique heritage and ecological asset for all to enjoy.
Councillor Jack Hopkins, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Business and Culture, said: “ We are absolutely delighted to receive twelve Green Flag Awards for 2016 from Keep Britain Tidy, and to add West Norwood Cemetery to our previous portfolio of Awards. For us, the Green Flag Award publicly recognises and celebrates the fact that people living in, working in and visiting Lambeth are benefitting from safe, accessible and welcoming green spaces that are of the very highest quality.”
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, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) 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.
Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.