There’s been a ringing endorsement for seven of our parks in Hertsmere, with the annual announcement of the winners of the Green Flag Award Scheme.
We've been awarded six Green Flag Awards this year, a Green Heritage Site Accreditation and a Community Award for parks in Bushey, Borehamwood, and Potters Bar. Green Flags are a national standard highlighting quality green spaces that are well managed.
Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “Our parks and green spaces have played a vital role over the past two years for people as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.
"The news that six of our parks and green spaces achieved the Green Flag Award, plus a Green Heritage Site Accreditation and Community Award, is a welcome recognition of all the hard work and dedication of the teams that make sure these green spaces are for everyone to enjoy.
“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, our fantastic friends groups and InspireAll which manages our parks events.
“The contribution of our volunteers is particularly special and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in Friends of King George, Borehamwood Four Parks Friends Group, Friends of Bushey Rose Garden, Friends of Fishers Field, and Warren Estate Residents Association.”
The park with the longest running award history is King George Recreation Ground in Bushey, which has held the prestigious accolade for an impressive 24 years.
Not far behind is Oakmere Park in Potters Bar which has received the annual award 20 times, Aberford Park in Borehamwood has held a Green Flag for 15 years and Parkfield in Potters Bar has been awarded it 14 times.
Bushey Rose Garden has received the award for the 12th year and Mary Forsdyke Garden and Warren Lake, located in the heart of Bushey Heath, has won the prestigious award for the fifth time.
Bushey Rose Garden has also again achieved the much-coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation, supported by Historic England, for the management of its historic features.
Elsewhere in Bushey, Fishers Field Nature Reserve has received a special Green Flag Community Award for the 14th time in recognition of work carried out by local volunteers who manage the site in partnership with the council.
Commenting on the news that seven Hertsmere parks have has met the Green Flag Award standard, Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved. These parks are vital green spaces for the communities in Hertsmere.
"This award is testament to all the hard work of staff and volunteers, who do so much to ensure that these spaces maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
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.
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Posted on Tuesday 26th July 2022