Northala Fields & Acton Park win Green Flag awards

Two of Ealing’s parks have been awarded Green Flags, recognising them as among the best in the country.

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz and David Shirvell from the Northolt and Greenford Countryside Park Society celebrate getting the green flag

Northala Fields, in the Northolt and Greenford Countryside Park, and Acton Park, will both be flying the flags from this week.

The parks were judged against eight criteria, including how clean and well maintained they are, and how actively involved the community is, before they were awarded the prestigious flags.

Northala Fields was opened four years ago and its iconic hills have become a landmark for anyone travelling along the A40. It was built on 45 acres of derelict land, using debris from the demolition of the original Wembley stadium and rubble from the construction of the Westfield Shopping Centre in White City to build four large conical mounds.  Next week it will play host to the Olympic flame as it wends its way through the borough as part of the torch relay from Northolt to Walpole Park.

Acton Park was opened in 1888 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The park has a variety of recreational and sporting facilities, including a bowling green, tennis, football and basketball courts, a children’s playground and nature area with pond.  There are many opportunities on offer for young people and community organisation, Apple Play, runs educational and creative projects from the park’s art block.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Northala Fields and Acton Park are well loved and often brimming with residents of all ages enjoying all they have to offer.  The involvement of local people in the parks is one of the reasons they have been given green flags. We are proud to be one of the greenest boroughs in London and I hope we can build on this success and apply for even more green flags in the coming years.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.”

For more information about the green flag scheme, visit:www.greenflag.keepbritaintidy.org/