Haringey’s parks win Green Flag status for 2020
All Green Flags in Haringey will once again be raised this year after the borough’s 22 council-run parks and open spaces were announced as award winners today.
To mark the achievement, Alexandra Palace is tonight joining more than 70 landmarks to ‘light the country green’ by lighting up its mast in celebration.
The full list of Haringey’s council-run parks to be awarded a Green Flag this year is as follows:
- Albert Road Recreation Ground
- Belmont Recreation Ground
- Bruce Castle Park
- Chapmans Green
- Chestnuts Park
- Coldfall Wood
- Down Lane Park
- Downhills Park
- Ducketts Common
- Fairland Park
- Finsbury Park
- Lordship Recreation Ground
- Markfield Park
- Paignton Park
- Parkland Walk
- Priory Park
- Queen’s Wood
- Railway Fields
- Russell Park
- Stationers Park
- Tottenham Green
- Woodside Park
Alexandra Park (run by the Alexandra Park & Palace Charitable Trust), Highgate Wood (managed by the Corporation of London) and Tottenham Marshes (run by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority) were also awarded Green Flags, thereby taking the total tally in the borough up to 25.
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said:
Tonight, Alexandra Palace will be joining buildings and landmarks across the country, including the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe, the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Salford’s Media City, going green for parks to celebrate Haringey’s Green Flag Award success and to say a massive thank you to parks staff, volunteers and the Green Flag Award judges for all their work this year.
This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.
It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Haringey Council’s parks have achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.
Cllr Kirsten Hearn, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Equalities and Leisure, said:
It’s fantastic that we’ve retained all our Green Flags here in Haringey for 2020. Our parks and green open spaces have been invaluable to our residents and visitors to the borough during the pandemic, providing much-needed places for them to exercise and relax. I’d like to thank our parks staff, Friends groups and volunteers for all of their efforts and hard work day in, day out to ensure our parks are kept in the condition they are and meet the required standards.
Setting the benchmark standard for the management of parks across the UK and around the world, these awards recognise and reward well-managed green open spaces.
The scheme is managed by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
As well as in the UK, the Green Flag Awards scheme also operates in an additional 14 countries, including New Zealand, Portugal and the USA.
Any green space that is accessible to the public and free to enter is eligible to apply for a Green Flag Award, which is given out annually.
Winners must though apply each year to renew their award status, while community groups and voluntary organisations can also apply for a Green Flag Community Award.
For further information about the Green Flag Awards, visit the Keep Britain Tidy website (external link).
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