Hilling­don’s still a very green and pleas­ant land

Coun­cil adds six more flags to its port­fo­lio of parks

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HILLING­DON has more topqual­ity parks and green spa­ces than any lo­cal au­thor­ity in the UK for a third year run­ning.

The coun­cil en­hanced its rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cel­lence by adding six more Green Flag awards to its to­tal, bring­ing the to­tal to 34.

Green Flag awards are af­forded to parks and green spa­ces that meet ex­act­ing stan­dards and their sta­tus must be re­newed each year. They are judged by a group of en­vi­ron­men­tal char­i­ties in­clud­ing Keep Bri­tain Tidy.

Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Hilling­don’s cab­i­net mem­ber for fi­nance, prop­erty and busi­ness ser­vices, said: “This is the third year run­ning that Hilling­don Coun­cil has proved it­self to be the cream of the crop by achiev­ing the high­est num­ber of Green Flag parks and green spa­ces in the UK and we are re­ally proud of our con­tin­ued suc­cess.

“There are over 200 green spa­ces in the Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don and it is fan­tas­tic to be recog­nised for the amount of time and ef­fort we con­sis­tently in­vest to main­tain such high stan­dards for res­i­dents and visi­tors, com­ple­mented by the ster­ling work of lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and vol­un­teers.”

The six new Green Flag parks in Hilling­don are: Shen­ley Park ( pic­tured above), Ruis­lip Manor; Knights Gar­dens, Hilling­don; Hither­b­room Open Space (Owl Park), Hayes; The Closes, West Dray­ton; War­ren Park, Hayes; and Ele­phant Park, Hilling­don.

To be awarded a Green Flag, parks and green spa­ces must meet sev­eral cri­te­ria and prove them­selves to be wel­com­ing, com­mu­ni­ty­ori­ented, friendly to the en­vi­ron­ment, well-man­aged and clean. The award of six new Green Flags was also the most given to any one lo­cal au­thor­ity in 2015.

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