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Celebrations as Havering parks receive record haul of green flags

PUBLISHED: 10:20 25 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:20 25 July 2016

Large park of the year - Raphael Park

Large park of the year - Raphael Park

Havering Council Sept 2014

Havering parks have been awarded a record 11 Green Flags sparking celebrations during Love Parks Week.

Havering’s Green Flag parks

• Raphael Park, Romford

• Bedfords Park, Havering-atte-Bower

• Cottons Park, Romford

• Harold Wood Park, Harold Wood

• Hylands Park, Hornchurch

• Lawns Park, Collier Row

• Lodge Farm Park, Romford

• St Andrews Park, Hornchurch

• Upminster Park, Upminster

• Rise Park, Rise Park

• Central Park, Harold Hill

The flags are awarded by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to the best parks and green spaces across the country.

Last year nine parks in the borough were given Green Flags. All retained the status with Rise Park and Central Park receiving accolades for the first time.

Havering Council’s cabinet member for culture and community engagement Melvin Wallace said: “The retention of existing awards is fantastic but the award of two new flags is especially pleasing. It makes me proud that we have such beautiful open spaces and parks.

“These awards are well deserved recognition for our Parks and Open Spaces team, and our friends groups, that work so hard in making our parks clean and safe so that we can all enjoy them.”

Sisters Peggy Banks and Irene Humphreys enjoying the sunny weather in Raphaels Park in Havering Sisters Peggy Banks and Irene Humphreys enjoying the sunny weather in Raphaels Park in Havering

Green Flags recognise that a park is well maintained and has excellent facilities.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.

“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.”

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