Merton council is pleased to announce that six of its well-loved parks and open spaces will be continuing to fly their prestigious Green Flags with pride.
The Green Flag Award, which is an international mark of quality, recognises the best green spaces across the country and the world. The award, judged and given annually, is a sign that a park or open space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is well maintained and has excellent facilities.
News of the awards is especially heart-warming this year as more Merton residents than ever have appreciated the value of having quality, green spaces on their doorsteps.
The six parks and open spaces, which have won Green Flags Awards this year, are:
Abbey Recreation Ground
Colliers Wood Recreation Ground
Dundonald Recreation Ground
John Innes Park
Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields
South Park Gardens
Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah, the Cabinet Member for Commerce, Leisure and Culture, said: “We are absolutely delighted that six of our parks and open spaces have retained their prestigious Green Flag Awards, despite the challenges the pandemic has brought. Since lock down in March our wonderful parks and open spaces have been a haven for residents to meet friends, exercise, relax and enjoy the natural environment.
“These awards are a great testament to the council’s park staff, open spaces contractor Idverde and our park volunteers, who have worked tirelessly to achieve the high standards demanded by the Green Flag awards, in a year in which our green spaces have welcomed record numbers of visitors.
“We are immensely proud of our parks which contribute so much to making Merton a great place to live and work.”
The Green Flag Awards are managed in England by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
To find out more about Merton’s parks and open spaces visit: www.merton.gov.uk/parks
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