Town's parks and green spaces honoured.
Waterfields Recreation Ground and North Watford Playing Fields have joined six other Watford parks in gaining a Green Flag. The charity Keep Britain Tidy gives the awards every year to the green spaces which meet its standards for excellence. Watford now has eight Green Flag parks, thanks to a successful partnership between Watford Borough Council and Veolia.
Cassiobury, Woodside, Cheslyn House and Gardens, Callowlands, St Mary’s Churchyard and Oxhey Park all retained their Green Flags this year. Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive so many Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy. This award recognises and highlights that people in many of our parks are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality and that our continued investment is paying off.”
Not only does Watford now have eight Green Flag Awards, but the Council won first prize recently for its Parks Improvement Programme (2013-15) at the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards.
Head of Parks for Watford Borough Council Paul Rabbitts said. “Investing in parks and open spaces has never been more important than it is now, with many local people valuing them not only as places to visit and play but as areas to exercise, experience nature first hand and enjoy a wide range of events. They are crucial to our health and wellbeing.”
Matthew Crane, Senior Contract Manager for Veolia in Watford said: “Winning eight Green Flag awards is a fantastic achievement for the partnership. Our frontline staff work tirelessly to ensure the borough’s parks and open spaces are of a consistently high quality for Watford residents and visitors to enjoy. Our success would not have been possible without the dedication and hard-work of our entire team.”