Awards and performance
The Parks Team work hard to ensure all parks and open spaces in the borough are maintained to the highest level possible.
Green Flag Awards
The Green Flag Award is the national standards for parks and open spaces in England and Wales. The scheme was established in 1996 and is managed by The Civic Trust. Each green space is judged against an assessment criteria ranging from sustainability to health and safety. Winning a Green Flag Award is a sign of prestige and excellence. Only the best parks win the award; being nominated is an achievement in itself as the selection criteria is thorough.
Fourteen Tower Hamlets parks and open spaces, more than ever before, currently hold this prestigious award. They are:
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Bromley-By-Bow Recreation Ground (also known as Bob's Park), Mudchute Park and Stepney City Farm also hold Green Flag Awards.
Each year the council's parks and open spaces service aims to increase the number of Green Flag Awards in the borough. For more information on the Green Flag Award scheme visit the Green Flag Award website.
London in Bloom
London in Bloom is an environmental campaign which aims to inspire communities to invigorate their green spaces and make their area a brighter and greener place. London in Bloom is one of 18 regional campaigns across the country, comprising Britain in Bloom organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.
There are 13 categories in the award, based on population size. These range from large city to a neighbourhood of less than 300 inhabitants. There are also discretionary awards; these include Front Garden Award and Community Garden Award. Tower Hamlets currently holds seven gold awards from London in Bloom.