|Councillor Jackie Smith|
by our RBG Correspondent in Woolwich
Twelve parks in the Royal Borough of Greenwich have been recognised by the prestigious Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Royal Greenwich Green Flag sites include:
• Avery Hill Park
• Blackheath (joint award with Lewisham Council)
• Charlton Park
• Eaglesfield Park
• East Greenwich Pleasaunce
• Eltham Parks North and South
• Fairy Hill Park
• Horn Park
• Maryon Park
• Sutcliffe Park
• The Tarn
• Well Hall Pleasaunce
Local community groups were also recognised for their tireless devotion to the sites in which they work. The Friends of Plumstead Common were awarded Community Green Flags for Plumstead Common Nature Reserve, the Slade ponds and Workhouse Woods. The Twinkle Park Trust was also awarded Community Green Flags for Twinkle Park and Charlotte Turner Gardens.
Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment (top right) said: “These awards celebrate the hard work of Friends groups who have worked hand-in-hand with us to ensure that these unique parks offer something truly special for families, residents and visitors. We believe that these magnificent green spaces reflect the character of Royal Greenwich and the dedication of residents working with us to protect these assets for the benefit of future generations. I am also proud that we are delivering on our pledge made in our Parks and Open Spaces Strategy to achieve 12 Green Flag sites every year.”
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. Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”