Merton parks among best in the country

As Love Parks Week gets underway, Merton has been praised for its parks and has been awarded five prestigious Green Flags, which recognise the best green spaces across the country.

Green Flags went to Colliers Wood Recreation Ground, Dundonald Recreation Ground, John Innes Park, Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields and South Park Gardens.

The Mayor of Merton, Leader of the council, and Councillor Andrew Judge join Friends of South Park Gardens to celebrate their Green Flag Award

The Mayor of Merton, Leader of the council, and Councillor Andrew Judge join Friends of South Park Gardens to celebrate their Green Flag Award

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: “It is thrilling news to have won five Green Flags this year, showing that Merton does have some of the best parks in the country.

“It is great to be recognised for the hard work we have all put into looking after our green spaces. I hope everyone will celebrate this achievement and enjoy our local parks, whether it be going on a nature walk, having a picnic or trying out Merton’s green gyms.”

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd 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 hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.”

The council is calling on residents to share photos of their favourite parks on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #lovemertonparks.

For a full list of Green Flag Award winners, visit http://greenflag.keepbritaintidy.org/

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