In a record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award, as the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, six Merton parks are among 2,127 celebrating success. The six parks are:
- Abbey Recreation Ground
- Colliers Wood Recreation Ground
- Dundonald Recreation Ground
- John Innes Park
- Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field
- South Park Gardens
The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.
Throughout the pandemic, our parks and green spaces have played a vital role for our community. The news that these parks have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our green spaces team and Merton’s volunteers who give up their time to make our parks so special.
The six parks join green spaces as diverse as the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Woodhouse Park in Peterlee and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London.
Commenting on the news that these parks have achieved the Green Flag Award standard, Councillor Natasha Irons said: “I’m over the moon that these six wonderful parks have been nationally recognised with a Green Flag Award. Our green spaces are one of the brightest jewels in Merton’s crown, they have been a lifeline for many over the pandemic and they are just one of the many reasons to Love Merton”.
“I want to thank everyone in our Parks and Green Spaces team and the friends’ groups who work so tirelessly to maintain these wonderful community assets for us all.”
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making these six parks in Merton worthy of a Green Flag Award.”
“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that these parks have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
In celebration of this year’s announcement, Green Flag Award is asking buildings and monuments around the UK to #GoGreenForParks today to show appreciation for the spaces that mean so much to people.