Seven parks in Hertsmere are among the best in the UK – and that’s official!
Today’s announcement (Tuesday 16 July) confirms that Hertsmere has retained all seven Green Flag Awards this year and an outstanding green space. This makes our parks among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces to receive the prestigious award – the mark of a quality park or open space.
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.
Our park with the longest running award history is King George Recreation Ground in Bushey, which has held the prestigious accolade for an impressive 21 years. Not far behind is Oakmere Park in Potters Bar which has received the annual award 17 times, Aberford Park in Borehamwood has held a Green Flag for 12 years, Parkfield in Potters Bar has been awarded 11 times and Mary Forsdyke Garden and Warren Lake, located in the heart of Bushey Heath, has retained the prestigious award for the second year.
Fishers Field Nature Reserve in Bushey received a special Green Flag Community Award for the eleventh time in recognition of work carried out by local volunteers who manage the site in partnership with the council. Elsewhere in Bushey, Bushey Rose Garden received Green Heritage Site accreditation because of its historic features and standard of conservation, for the ninth year in a row.
Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive these Green Flag Awards for yet another year.
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks and open spaces to such a high standard.
“You can find out about Hertfordshire’s parks and open spaces on the ‘ParksHerts’ website. You can search for the perfect day out based on who is going, what they want to do and see, as well as the really important things like whether you can get a cup of tea! So, whether it’s to let the kids run about, walk the dog, relax in nature or to get fit - ParksHerts will help.
“We recognise that quality parks and green spaces are important to local people and essential to healthy, happy communities, so we will continue to work hard to maintain these special places where residents can come together to rest, relax, play, exercise and have fun.
"Our parks offer a wide range of recreational activities to local people of all ages and are free to use. Let’s hope the excellent hot weather continues so everyone can make the most of them as the school holidays get underway.”
When visiting your local park please use the litter and recycling bins provided and pick up after your dog to help us keep it looking beautiful!
Cllr Quilty added: “We would not have this kind of success without the hard work and dedication of our parks team, our grounds maintenance contractor John O'Conner and InspireAll, which manages many of our parks events. I would also like to give a special mention to our friends groups. The contribution of our volunteers is particularly important and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in Borehamwood Four Parks Friends Group, Friends of Bushey Rose Garden, Friends of Fishers Field, Friends of King George and Warren Estate Residents Association.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”
To find out more about Hertsmere’s parks
visit our parks page.
Posted on Tuesday 16th July 2019