15 of the City of London Corporation open spaces including iconic sites such as Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath have received the prestigious Green Flag Award for 2018.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The international award, now into its 22nd year, is a sign to the public that a green space is managed to the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply to achieve a Green Flag Award.
Of the 15 sites, 13 have also received the Green Heritage Award in recognition of their historic features and the high standard of conservation.
The City of London Corporation manages 11,000 acres of green space in London and south east England. It invests £29m a year in it’s sites which attract over 23 million visits annually.
Graeme Smith, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Open Spaces Committee, said: “I’m very proud that many of our sites have achieved Green Flag status.
“These awards recognise our commitment to protecting and conserving our green spaces for the enjoyment of the public and the nation. Our tapestry of green spaces cover the width and breadth of London and are an essential part of the communities that they serve.
“They would not exist without our passionate and dedicated staff and volunteers who work together throughout the year to maintain and protect the areas for the nation to enjoy.
The City of London Corporation protects and conserves major green spaces in the Square Mile and across London and south east England – including two ancient woodlands. They include important wildlife habitats, sites of scientific interest and national nature reserves. They are protected from being built on by special legislation.