31st July 2015
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is among a record number of parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality park or green space: this month from Keep Britain Tidy.
The Ecology Park, owned by national land management charity, the Land Trust and managed on a daily basis by The Conservation Volunteers is a vital urban oasis in London, offering fantastic natural experiences for over 10,000 visitors each year.
Joanne Smith, Senior Warden at the Ecology Park said: “We are delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the second time. The Ecology Park is a beautiful green oasis for wildlife in a rapidly developing area. But it has also become a vital part of the community on the Greenwich Peninsula, providing education, volunteering opportunities, safe outdoor play activities for children and a place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life”
In total, 1582 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens in the UK have met the high standard needed to receive the Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award. The national award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
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. 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.”
This summer, the Ecology Park is hosting a whole range of hands-on environmental play activities for children this summer, including den building, the Bug Mans live animal show, close up creepy-crawly sessions, natural art and wildlife photography with Iain Green. Full details are available at www.greenwichecologypark.com
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