FIFTEEN open spaces owned and operated by the City Corporation, including iconic sites such as Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath, have scooped prestigious Green Flag Awards for 2018.
The awards scheme, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is in its 22nd year and 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.
Of the 15 sites, 13 have also received the Green Heritage Award in recognition of their historic features and the high standard of conservation.
Graeme Smith, chairman of the open spaces committee, said the Green Flags were just reward for hard work across the local authority.
He said: “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 manages 11,000 acres of green space in London and south east England, investing £29million a year in its sites.