13 proves to be lucky number for Ealing as Park Green Flags announced

Ealing’s parks have won the highest number of Green Flags in its history.
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz and David Shirvell from the Northolt and Greenford Countryside Park Society celebrate getting the green flag
Thirteen of the prestigious awards have been given this year, almost doubling the number of Green Flag parks in the borough from last year’s haul of seven and two the year before.

Assessors from the Green Flag Awards scheme scrutinised the borough’s green spaces over the past few months and gave the coveted Green Flags to the newly re-landscaped Walpole Park along with other new winners including Lammas Park, Three Bridges Park and Southall Park. Parks retaining the flags include Acton Park, Northala Fields, Bramley Road Open Space and Southall Manor House Grounds.

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. The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks.

On 10 and 16 July, London in Bloom also visited the borough and took part in a guided tour of Ealing to see how Ealing’s green spaces measured up against the rest of the capital in the large city category.

During their visit, judges inspected Manor House Grounds, Hanger Hill Park and Wood and Fox Wood; which were also entered individually in the park of the year, small park/garden of the year, conservation and small conservation area of the year categories, respectively.

London in Bloom is designed to promote gardening, horticulture and biodiversity across the city, to make it a greener and cleaner place to live, work and visit. It is one of 17 regional campaigns, with overall category winners going on to compete in the Britain in Bloom competition, which is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The council’s park ranger team will find out in August whether Ealing parks have won any of the four London in Bloom awards.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said:

“Thirteen Green Flags is really something and I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s great that the new look Walpole Park has been given the ultimate seal of approval by gaining a coveted Green Flag.

“We’re ambitious for our parks and open spaces and want to show what excellent places they are for everyone to enjoy. This recognition, with an amazing 13 parks meeting the ‘Gold Standard’ set by Keep Britain Tidy, reflects the work of so many and I would like to take this opportunity to especially thank all those who volunteer their time and make our parks and our borough the Queen of the Suburbs.”

More information about the Green Flag awards can be found here: greenflag.keepbritaintidy.org/