Five Merton parks awarded the ‘Green Flag’

Five parks in Merton have won a ‘Green Flag’, the national award for the best public and community parks, and green spaces.

Colliers Wood Rec, Dundonald Rec, John Innes Park, Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields (MPF) and South Park Gardens have all been awarded the Green Flag.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: “It is great news that our parks have, once again, been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award. This year we’ve picked up five awards, compared to four the previous year. Let’s hope we can continue this winning streak in 2013.

“We’ve made a continuous effort to improve our green spaces. Well done to everyone who’s worked hard to look after them. Our green spaces continue to be hugely popular to the many residents and visitors who visit Merton.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.

“I must also thank all this year’s 800+ volunteer judges for their magnificent efforts in assessing an astounding number of applications.”

Information on all winners can be viewed at: http://www.greenflagaward.org.uk

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Notes to editors:

1. The Green Flag Award recognises well-managed, high-quality green spaces. Any green space in the UK is eligible to win this award providing it is freely accessible to the public. Previous winners include parks managed by local authorities as well as those run by community groups and trusts. The scheme was set up in 1996 and is managed in the UK by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace. Known collectively as the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the consortium manages the scheme in England on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government and in Wales for the Welsh Steering Group.

2. For information about Merton’s green spaces, please visit http://www.merton.gov.uk

Amanda Idowu
Communications
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 3327