New Green Flags confirm Hackney as one of the best for parks in London

Hackney has been awarded three new Green Flags in recognition of the quality of the borough’s parks and open spaces.

Keep Britain Tidy, the organisation that aims to improve local parks and open spaces, has today (Wednesday, 28 July 2010) awarded a further three Green Flags to parks in Hackney, which brings the total in the borough to 12 - one of the highest numbers in London.

The new Green Flag parks are Well Street Common, Cassland Gardens and Clapton Square. These are in addition to the nine local sites that have retained Green Flag status in 2010, plus St John s Churchyard which has also kept its status as a Green Heritage site.

Councillor Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services said: "Five years ago Hackney only had one award for its parks; now we have twelve. This is a wonderful achievement that demonstrates how far we have come in making sure that residents and visitors have access to the welcoming, safe, clean and pleasant areas they deserve.

"Congratulations to all the staff, user groups and local organisations who have worked hard to look after our valuable green spaces."

The Council celebrated the announcement at one of its new winning parks, Well Street Common, where Councillor McShane lifted the new Green Flag.

The award scheme is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. It recognises the best green spaces in the country and encourages a high level of environmental standards, creating a benchmark of excellence.

To be eligible for an award, each park must also submit a five year plan for continued maintenance and improvement.

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