Award winning parks in Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets is celebrating a record breaking
number of parks being named as the some of the best open spaces in
Seven parks looked after by Tower Hamlets
Council including Victoria Park, St George's Gardens, Mile End
Park, Millwall Park, Trinity Square Gardens, Weavers Fields and
King Edward Memorial Park have been awarded Green Flag status this
In addition Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park which
is owned by the council and managed by The Friends of Tower Hamlets
Cemetery Park has also been awarded its first Green Flag.
Green Flag awards are given annually in
recognition of exceptional high quality green public spaces.
The Tower Hamlets parks join 1,000 plus open spaces up and down
the country ensuring more of us now have access to well-managed,
high-quality green spaces.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman said: “Parks and open
spaces are an important part of our community providing essential
recreation, play and leisure facilities I am delighted that so many
of our parks have retained Green Flag status.
The refurbishment of Victoria Park was a once in a life-time
opportunity to bring a much loved park up to date and the multi
million pound transformation will ensure the park continues to
provide excellent facilities for years to come.”
Cllr Rania Khan, lead member for Culture
added: “A Green Flag Award is national recognition for the
achievements of council staff whose hard work and dedication has
helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.”
Cllr Shahed Ali, lead member for Environment
added: “Parks are important to residents and that is why we invest
time and money to make them the best that they can be. I am
thrilled so many of our parks have received Green Flag
All award-winning parks now have the chance to
receive a further award from the Green Flag Plus Partnership - the
People’s Choice Award.
Victoria Park is looking to make it two years
in a row as the capital’s favourite park.
Dubbed the People’s Park, Victoria Park
received a major facelift with an ambitious £12m regeneration
scheme ahead of its exciting role in the London 2012 Olympic
The extensive regeneration was funded by Tower
Hamlets Council, with additional support of £4.85m from the
Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund under the Parks for
This included the restoration of the
Burdett-Coutts fountain, the building of a new community facility
and café in the east of the park, the recreation of the Chinese
Pagoda in the West Lake and major improvements to the two play
The improvement plans for the park were drawn
up in consultation with residents and park users.
BT London Live is set to transform Victoria
Park from 27 July – 12 August into the place to take part in and
celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.
It will play host to all the live sporting
action on giant state-of–the-art screens, plus fun-filled sports
activities, top-class music, entertainment. Victoria Park is
one of three iconic sites which is set be transformed for BT London
Live, the others being Hyde Park (Olympic Games) and Trafalgar
Square (Paralympic Games).
BT London Live is a partnership between the
Mayor of London, The Royal Parks and The London Borough of Tower
Hamlets, and is a key part of the citywide programme of events
being organised by the Mayor of London to celebrate the London 2012
To vote for Victoria Park or any of the Tower Hamlets parks
visit the Green Flag Award website now to register at http://www.greenflagaward.org.uk/
July 24, 2012