Borough’s parks are flying high
Parks across Haringey show no sign of flagging, after the borough retained its 22 prestigious Green Flag Awards.
Volunteers at Railway Fields Local Nature Reserve marked the achievement with a flag raising ceremony as they secured their status as one of Britain’s best green spaces.
The 22 flags – awarded by Keep Britain Tidy – put Haringey 5th in London and 8th in Britain for council-managed Green Flag spaces.
Green Flag status means the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Cllr Peray Ahmet, Cabinet Member for Environment, was at the Railway Fields flag raising event and Nature Discovery Day on Saturday, set up by the Friends of Railway Fields.
“We’re incredibly proud of the green spaces we have across Haringey. Volunteers and council staff work tirelessly to create parks our residents can enjoy and these awards show we truly have some of the best open spaces in London and across the country.”
Railway Fields has had Green Flag status since 2004. Clif Osborne, from The Conservation Volunteers at Railway Fields, said:
“We are thrilled to get the Green Flag yet again at Railway Fields Nature Reserve. Volunteers work hard to ensure that this remains a wonderful space in Haringey and this award would not be possible without their efforts. Veolia also helped this year through a generous grant that allowed us to improve the paths and create new nature trails and habitats. We would like to thank everyone who has played a part in keeping Railway Fields a great place to visit.”
A spokeswoman for the Friends of Railway Fields said:
“I'd like to say how gratified we are that our local nature reserve has again been awarded Green Flag status. The Green Flag is a significant marker of value to nature, the environment and the community. The Conservation Volunteers and all of us who volunteered this year can be proud.”
For a full list of Haringey’s 22 council-managed Green Flag spaces, visit: www.haringey.gov.uk/libraries-sport-and-leisure/parks-and-open-spaces/green-flag/green-flag-parks
Other open spaces in the borough with the Green Flag Award are: Alexandra Park, Highgate Wood and Tottenham Marshes.
Community Green Flags also went to The Gardens Community Garden, Hornsey Church Yard and Lordship Woodland.
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