Record number of Havering parks to fly Green Flag

Celebration of Green Flags
Councillor Melvin Wallace joined by members of Havering Friends of Parks groups, Parks staff, service Director and Officers at Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch
Published: Thursday, 3 August 2017

Thirteen parks in the borough have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.

To celebrate, Councillor Melvin Wallace, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community Engagement, joined representatives from Friends of Parks groups and the Council’s Parks team at Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, one of two new parks to join the list of winners, on Thursday 3 August.

Harrow Lodge Park and Haynes Park are the latest to be awarded a Green Flag by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Councillor Melvin Wallace, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community Engagement, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to receive Green Flag Awards for Harrow Lodge and Haynes Park for the first time as well as retaining the awards for the other parks.  It is recognition of all the hard work put in by both the staff and Friends groups to maintain and improve their parks for the benefit of the community.”

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks to such a high standard.”

Havering’s 13 Green Flag parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK winners.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

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. 

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

The following parks in Havering retained their Green Flag status:

  • Bedfords Park
  • Upminster Park
  • Hylands Park
  • Lodge Farm Park
  • Cottons Park
  • Harold Wood Park
  • St Andrews Park
  • Lawns Park
  • Raphael Park
  • Central Park
  • Rise Park