Fri, 20 July 2012
Six of the borough’s parks have received the prestigious Green Flag award, with four retaining their status and two new additions this year.
Boston Manor Park, Bedfont Lakes, Turnham Green and Beaversfield Park all retained Green Flag status, with Hanworth Park and Crane Park receiving the accolade for the first time.
The national award is presented to public and community parks and green spaces which have been recognised as being clean, safe and welcoming.
Cllr Ajmer Grewal, Hounslow’s cabinet member for leisure and public health, said: "I’m delighted that six of our parks and open spaces now hold the prestigious Green Flag award – the highest number the borough has ever achieved!
"Having well-managed, high-quality green spaces for everyone to enjoy goes a long way towards improving the quality of life for communities, with the added benefit of providing venues for important health and leisure activities.
"A lot of work has gone into bringing and maintaining these six parks to this standard, both from our grounds staff but also from the many volunteers and Friends’ groups who have been involved in the management of the sites, and I would like to thank them for their efforts.
"With Love Parks Week beginning tomorrow (21 July), and hopefully better weather on the horizon, I hope that as many people as possible will go out and make the most of our award-winning parks."
Subhash Mahajan, chairman of Friends of Beaversfield Park, which retained its Green Flag status, added: "Friends of Beaversfield Park was set up in September 2009 and since its formation, with the help of Police patrolling the park, help from John Laing cleaning the park every day and help from the council, the outcome of our combined thinking and efforts is very evident: this park is now one of the safest in London."