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London's Royal Parks receives Green Flag award

London’s Royal Parks have been recognised as among the best in the UK, after all of them, including Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, received Green Flag awards this year - the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

The Royal Parks charity manages London’s eight Royal Parks along with other important green spaces in the capital. They all secured the award together with Brompton Cemetery.

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

All parks have also achieved the Green Heritage Site Accreditation, supported by Historic England, for the management of its historic features.

After two years that have seen parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that the Royal Parks have all achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams that make these green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.

All the Royal Parks scored very highly on all aspects of best-practice management. This included excellent scores around operational planning which sets objectives and records progress on initiatives that will improve the condition of the parks.

The parks were also praised for the introduction of the new branding strategy which has provided unity across all parks under the umbrella of The Royal Parks charity.

The Green Flag assessment process also includes a site visit to meet park teams. This includes meeting staff across park management planning, volunteer management, and biodiversity management to showcase work in the field.

For more information, visit the Royal Parks website here.

Hyde Park
The Italian Gardens, Kensington Gardens