Green and pleas­ant land

HILLINGDON COMES OUT TOP AGAIN AS THIS YEAR’S GREEN FLAGS ARE AN­NOUNCED

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

Hillingdon Coun­cil has been awarded an out­stand­ing to­tal of 47 Green Flags, mak­ing it the lo­cal author­ity with the high­est num­ber of top-qual­ity parks and green spa­ces in the UK for the fifth year run­ning.

The sec­ond largest bor­ough in Lon­don has topped the list above other ar­eas and also man­aged to achieve its best ever re­sults, adding five new Green Flags since last year.

Hillingdon has more than 200 parks and green spa­ces, mak­ing it the cap­i­tal’s green­est bor­ough.

Coun­cil­lor Jonathan Bianco, cabi­net mem­ber for fi­nance, prop­erty and busi­ness ser­vices, said: “Green Flags are the high­est ac­co­lade a park can re­ceive and they re­quire a great deal of time and hard work to achieve.

“To not only re­tain all the Green Flags we’ve achieved over the years but to keep in­creas­ing our to­tal, is a stag­ger­ing achieve­ment of which every­one involved can feel in­cred­i­bly proud.

“I would like to com­mend the ef­forts of the coun­cil teams who look af­ter the parks, as well as the com­mu­nity groups and vol­un­teers who make it pos­si­ble for us to main­tain such a high stan­dard.

“With sum­mer in full swing, I en­cour­age every­one to get out and ex­plore the green spa­ces we have on our doorsteps.”

As well as boast­ing the high­est num­ber of premier parks in the UK, Hillingdon of­fi­cially has the most Green Flags in the world as the com­pe­ti­tion is now open to in­ter­na­tional en­trants. The new Green Flag parks are: Coney Green, Hillingdon The Gravel Pitts, North­wood Long Meadow, East­cote Cherry Lane Ceme­tery Har­ling­ton Hayes

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Hillingdon Coun­cil also helped Stock­ley Park Busi­ness Park in Yiewsley achieve Green Flag sta­tus for the first time.

To be awarded a Green Flag, parks and green spa­ces must meet strin­gent cri­te­ria, prov­ing them­selves to be wel­com­ing, com­mu­nity-ori­en­tated, friendly to the en­vi­ron­ment, well man­aged and clean.

The Green Flag awards are judged by a group of en­vi­ron­men­tal char­i­ties in­clud­ing Keep Bri­tain Tidy.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the awards and a full list of sites in the Lon­don Bor­ough of Hillingdon, plus de­tails of all the events and ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing in parks, please visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/greenspaces.

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