Record-breaking year as more than 2,000 green spaces across the country get international quality mark
From mid-October, parks and green spaces across the country have been able to raise their Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.
Among them will be Sydenham Garden in Lewisham, South East London, which is raising a Green Flag Award for the ninth time.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Sydenham Garden is one of more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.
Coralie, Sydenham Garden’s Director, notes:
“It is fantastic news that we’ve been awarded a Green Flag Award for 2020 from Keep Britain Tidy. This year in particular, the Green Flag Award highlights the importance of the green spaces to people’s wellbeing and mental health. To receive the award once again acknowledges the dedication and hard work of all those involved with Sydenham Garden including co-workers, volunteers, friends and staff, in maintaining our gardens, nature reserve and facilities to the highest standards year on year”
Commenting on Sydenham Garden’s success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said:
“This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time. It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Sydenham Garden has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”