Eight Croydon open spaces including Wandle Park have yet again scooped the national Green Flag accolade.
Coulsdon Memorial Ground, Coombe Wood in Selsdon & Ballards, Happy Valley in Coulsdon, Haling Grove in South Croydon, South Norwood Lake, Wettern Tree Garden in Sanderstead, Wandle Park in Broad Green and Lloyd Park in Fairfield all retained the Green Flag status they won last year.
The scheme, which is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, named the eight Croydon winners among just 1,582 open spaces nationwide, ranging from parks and cemeteries to community gardens.
Each year, 700 expert judges decide which parks and open spaces meet eight tough tests, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
Judges’ comments on Wandle Park, which was redeveloped in 2012 with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the London Mayor’s Help a London Park fund and Barratt Homes, included that it was “welcoming”, “secure” and “clean”, and its community garden was hailed as having “potential to become a great local success”.
“The only thing harder than winning Green Flag status is keeping it, so I’m proud of our parks teams and local volunteers who have given our residents some of the country’s best open spaces on their doorstep.”
Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
A full list of Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award winners is available via: http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/greenflagawards2015/2334