Victoria Park shortlisted for Keep Britain Tidy award for third year

Shore Gardens’ (Hackney) parks team- which has been recognised with a Green Flag award. Picture: Hackney Council

Hackney now has 28 parks that meet strict green criteria with Victoria Park shortlisted for the prestigious Keep Britain Tidy award again.

In 2020, the borough had 27 parks meeting the criteria-based on maintenance, biodiversity, community involvement and management. The Green Flag Award acts as a recognised status of a quality park or green space that boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is well maintained and has particular facilities for visitors.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “As Green Flag Award celebrates 25 years of raising the standard, Keep Britain Tidy is delighted to be the custodian of a scheme that does so much to ensure our parks and green spaces go from strength to strength.

At a time when parks have been at the heart of every community across the country it is perhaps not surprising that 95 per cent of the public thinks that their local parks and green spaces need to be protected.

This is why the Green Flag Award is so important. It ensures that parks and green spaces are managed to the highest standards and are safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy and we look forward to the next 25 years.”

You can vote for your favourite green space here until 14th November, with the virtual awards ceremony on 23rd November.

Councillor Caroline Woodley and mayor Philip Glanville with staff at Shore Gardens – Picture: Hackney Council

Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award manager said: “Over the past 18 months, probably more than ever, we have all come to understand the importance of our precious parks and green spaces and to value those that have been a lifeline for us in difficult times.

“The People’s Choice Award is your chance to show how much your favourite park means to you. Make your voice heard and vote now.”

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