Slade Gardens is Lambeth’s latest park to proudly raise its Green Flag for the first time. It recognizes a park or green space meeting the needs of its users for clean, green, safe and welcoming spaces. Lambeth already held 16 Green Flag award-winning parks, gardens, and cemeteries. Slade Green makes it 17 – another new record for Lambeth.
Lambeth has again also been awarded two Green Heritage Awards for Brockwell Park and Kennington Park in recognition of not only their rich history but also how Lambeth keeps the heritage protected and accessible to park users.
Word from the Cabinet
Cllr Sonia Winifred, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, said: “Our parks have supported our communities throughout this pandemic providing a safe space for good mental health and well- being. Slade Gardens receiving this Green Flag Award is a fantastic achievement thanks to our parks staff and volunteers.”
Lifeline for millions
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, parks and green spaces have been a lifeline. It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, 17 places in Lambeth have achieved the standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
Friends of Slade Gardens
Frederica Notley, Chair of the Friends of Slade Gardens, said: “We’re thrilled that Slade Gardens has Green Flag status for the first time – particularly in a year when our little park has been busier than ever before. Slade Gardens is a vital outdoor refuge in the city where our community can relax and meet friends, where our children play and we can exercise, enjoy the gardens and recharge ourselves in green surroundings. We’re so pleased that the efforts of our dedicated local volunteers who love and nurture the park have been recognised. “
All Lambeth’s award-winning sites for 2020
- Green Flag Award: Archbishop’s Park, Brockwell Park, Clapham Common, Eardley Road Sidings Nature Reserve, Hillside Gardens Park, Kennington Park, Milkwood Community Park, Myatt’s Fields Park, Palace Road Nature Garden, Ruskin Park, Slade Gardens, St. John’s Churchyard, St. Paul’s Churchyard, Streatham Rookery, Vauxhall Park, Vauxhall Pleasure Garden and West Norwood Cemetery.
- Green Heritage Award: Brockwell Park and Kennington Park
- Green Flag Community Award: Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Eden at St. Paul’s Churchyard, and Windmill Gardens.
- The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. A Green Flag is visible evidence to the general public that a park or open space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. Green Heritage accreditation is supported by Historic England.