Hillingdon beats all London boroughs to number 1 for top-quality parks – for 5th year in a row

Bessingby Park, Ruislip Bessingby Park, Ruislip

Hillingdon has come above all other London boroughs to claim the title of having the highest number of top-quality parks - for the fifth year running.

With more than 200 parks and green spaces, Hillingdon, the second largest borough in the capital achieved its best ever results, adding five new Green Flags since last year.

Hillingdon Council has been awarded 47 Green Flags in total and stated that it has the highest number of “premier parks” in the UK and officially the most Green Flags in the world, with the competition 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
  •  Southlands Arts Centre, West Drayton
  • Stockley Park Business Park in Yiewsley

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Bessingby Park, Ruislip, is pictured above and Eastcote House Gardens is below

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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.”

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.

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