Head to Hackney for some of Britain’s best parks


Hackney ParkHackney is among the top 10 places in the UK for park-life, according to environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which has recognised 15 of the borough’s parks and open spaces in its Green Flag Awards this year.

The 15, all of which retained their Green Flag status from last year’s awards, are among 1,288 of the Britain’s best-kept parks and green spaces, according to Keep Britain Tidy, which administers the award on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Cycling on Hackney Marshes

Cycling on Hackney Marshes

Parks and Green spaces in Hackney to have retained the award this year are:

  • Butterfield Green
  • Cassland Road Gardens


    Swans Nest, Hackney Marshes Nature Reserve

  • Clapton Pond
  • Clapton Square
  • Clissold Park
  • De Beauvoir Square
  • Hackney Downs
  • Hackney Marshes
  • Haggerston Park
  • Hoxton Square
  • London Fields, Shoreditch Park
  • Springfield Park
  • St John at Hackney Churchyard Gardens
  • Well Street Common

Hackney has the highest proportion of open space of any inner London borough, ranging from the biggest concentration of football pitches at Hackney Marshes to Hoxton Square (pictured)

It has just one fewer Green Flag than the London borough of Richmond and three more award-winning parks than Durham.

Croydon also did well in this year’s Green Flag Awards with seven council-run parks and green spaces receiving Green Flags.

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