Carlisle Park in Hampton has been awarded a coveted Green Flag award for the first time and becomes the 17th park in Richmond Borough to be awarded the honor. Carlisle Park, on Wensleydale Road, features many recreational facilities including a bowling club, tennis courts, playgrounds and a cricket pavilion.
The Green Flag award scheme began in 1996 to recognise these spaces and to encourage others to achieve the same high environmental standards. The award acknowledges high standards of park facilities, including maintenance and community engagement.
Successful parks and green spaces are eligible to fly the ‘Green Flag’ for 1 year after which they have to re-apply to retain the award. However, a park or green space must maintain and improve on previous standards to be guaranteed a subsequent award.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“The borough has a long standing history of excellence within our parks and open spaces and this year’s Green Flag awards demonstrate that we are still leaders in London, celebrating our reputation as one of the most beautiful places in the country.
“I would like to say a big thank you to the council officers, our contractors and the communities that support our parks – particularly the Friends of Carlisle Park. They are instrumental in ensuring they are recognised as the fantastic green spaces they are.”
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.
“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”
Other Green Flag parks in Hampton are; Garricks Lawn, Hampton Common, Hatherop Park and The King’s Field.