City wins gold in London in Bloom and bags 15 Green Flag awards

London in Bloom

The City of London has won Gold in the London in Bloom Awards Town category.

Five other green spaces managed by the City of London Corporation – Golders Hill Park, Queens Park, West Ham Park, the Hill Garden Pergola at Hampstead Heath and St Bartholomew the Great Churchyard in the City of London – also picked up London in Bloom awards.

London in Bloom celebrates the passion Londoners have for greening the capital.

Entries are invited every year from local authorities, parks, friends groups, community groups, and schools across London who want to improve their local environment.

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The City Corporation also won Green Flag status at 15 of its open spaces:

Ashtead Common

Bunhill Fields

Burnham Beeches

City of London Cemetery and Crematorium

Coulsdon Common

Epping Forest

Farthing Downs & New Hill

Hampstead Heath

Highgate Wood

Kenley Common

Queen’s Park


Spring Park

West Ham Park

West Wickham Common

14 of these sites also claimed the Green Heritage accreditation in recognition of their historic features and the high standard of conservation.

The prestigious Green Flag Award recognises these sites as some of the very best managed open spaces in the world.

The international award, run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and overseen by a panel of expert judges, is now into its third decade.

Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Open Spaces and City Gardens Committee, Oliver Sells QC, said: “Our green spaces have done tremendously well in the awards this year and it is all down to the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers.

“They have been a lifeline during the coronavirus pandemic, helping people get exercise and fresh air and benefitting both mental and physical health.

“These sites are treasured by their local communities and international visitors alike.”

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