Four of Merton’s parks have been awarded Green Flags for being recognised as some of the best green spaces in the country.
Colliers Wood Rec, Dundonald Rec, John Innes Park and South Park Gardens joined the 359 other Green Flag Award winners across London who were awarded the Green Flag status by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy during National Parks Week (24 July – 2 August).
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is well maintained and has excellent facilities.
Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “It’s fantastic news to hear that four of our green spaces have received the prestigious Green Flag Award. They have been consistent winners over a number of years and are the result of the work done by our parks teams and also the hugely important contribution made by the friends’ groups. We are committed to achieving a high standard of maintenance in all of our parks and fully expect to achieve additional Green Flags and other awards in the future.”
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. 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.”
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For a full list of Green Flag Winners, visit www.keepbritaintidy.org/record-number-of-parks-achieve-the-green-flag-award/2528/2/1/999/3