A record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces received the Green Flag when this year’s awards were announced on 18 July. The 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.
Among the 110 Green Flag accredited parks and green spaces idverde maintains on behalf of its local authority clients are 28 in The London Borough of Southwark, an increase of three in the borough since last year. Southwark Council now boasts the second highest number of Green Flag accredited parks of any London authority, and the third highest of any local authority in England.
Last year, specifically at the request of the Friends Groups, idverde entered three new parks and greenspaces into the Award for the London Borough of Bromley – and all three passed and will soon be flying their flags.
Managing director of idverde’s Community Open Spaces Division, Clive Ivil, said: "As a long-time supporter of the Green Flag Awards, idverde is extremely pleased that the number of our clients’ parks receiving a Green Flag has increased again this year, with our teams having contributed to 13 new Green Flag wins, and the retention of 97 others.
"This is testament to the maintenance teams who work so hard year-round to keep our country’s parks in top condition, our clients’ commitment to presenting their parks at their best, and to all the individuals and stakeholder groups who use and cherish their local green spaces."
International Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: "We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
"Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people."
Meanwhile fast-growing landscape maintenance contractor Nurture Landscapes also revealed that four business parks it maintains have received Green Flag Awards this year.
They include Farnborough Business Park, Chiswick Park in West London, Stockley Park near Heathrow and Liverpool One Shopping Centre.
Liverpool One Shopping Centre won for its fourth consecutive year and Farnborough Business Park its second.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. It asserts that the winning site boasted the highest possible environmental standard, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Managing director Peter Fane said: "We are immensely proud of the work we do here at Nurture and it is a fantastic achievement that our efforts can be recognised and celebrated through the Green Flag Awards Scheme."