Watford’s green spaces have been granted more Green Flag awards than any other district in Hertfordshire for the second year running.
Eleven parks and open spaces in Watford have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the country. They are: Cassiobury Park, Woodside Playing Fields, Cheslyn House and Gardens, Waterfields Recreational Ground, Callowland Recreational Ground, North Watford Playing Fields, Oxhey Park, St Mary’s Churchyard, Goodwood Recreation Ground, Paddock Road Allotments and North Watford Cemetery.
Councillor Peter Taylor, Deputy Mayor and Portfolio Holder for Client Services, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the highest ever number of Green Flag awards for Watford. What fantastic news to receive right in the middle of Love Parks Week. Our open spaces now have more Green Flags than any other area of Hertfordshire – a magnificent achievement for such a densely populated town. We are so proud of what we have achieved through the hard work of our own staff and that of our partners at Veolia. We hope that people who live and work in Watford – and those who visit - will continue to enjoy our wonderful parks for many years to come.
"Thank you to all of our Friends groups and community groups that have helped us win these Green Flag awards by volunteering their time. Our parks and green spaces are now among the best in the country because of your hard work, and we are very grateful."
Matthew Crane, Senior Contract Manager at Veolia – which looks after and maintains all Watford parks and green spaces, said: “Winning the record-breaking 11 Green Flags is a fantastic achievement which once again proves our exceptional collaborative partnership working with Watford Borough Council. I would like to thank all colleagues at WBC, Veolia staff, volunteers and friends groups, who work very hard ensuring Watford’s parks and green spaces are among the best in the country. Each flag is a celebration of the entire team who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
Goodwood Recreation Ground, Paddock Road Allotments and North Watford Cemetery have joined Watford’s eight existing Green Flag Parks, making it a total of 11 Green Flags for Watford.
This huge success has been achieved thank to a very effective partnership between Watford Borough Council and Veolia. The two organisations were recently given the Horticulture Week Custodian Award Best Parks Partnership - Commercial 2017 award.
Watford’s award-winning parks and open spaces are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the spaces awarded boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.
Paddock Road Allotments - one of Watford's newest Green Flag award-winning spaces