Clapton Pond receives the Green Flag award

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Clapton Pond has once again secured the Green Flag award (the flag flies on the mast at the northern end of the Pond area), which means it meets high standards of maintenance and care, judged by independent experts.

Hackney Council also gained two new Green Flag awards, which recognise the UK’s best green spaces.

National environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy awarded the prestigious flags to parks in Hackney, which brings the total in the borough to 15 – among the highest in London. The new Green Flag parks are Hoxton Square, N1, and St John’s Churchyard Gardens, E5

These are in addition to the thirteen sites that have retained Green Flag status in 2011.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture. said: “This is fantastic news for Hackney as yet again it demonstrates the quality of our parks and green spaces. Year on year the number of green flags in Hackney is increasing, and I’d like to congratulate park users and staff who do so much to make our parks amongst the best in London.”

Green Flags encourage a high level of environmental standards, creating a benchmark of excellence. To be eligible for an award, parks must also submit a five-year plan for continued maintenance and improvement.

To find out more about Hackney’s award winning parks visit  http://www.hackney.gov.uk/community-parks or: http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/greenflag

The full list of winning parks is:

Butterfield Green, N16
Cassland Road Gardens, E9
Clapton Pond, E5
Clapton Square, E5
Clissold Park, N16
De Beauvoir Square, N1
Hackney Downs, E5
Well Street Common, E9
Hackney Marshes, E9
Haggerston Park, E2
Hoxton Square, N1
London Fields, E8
Shoreditch Park, N1
Springfield Park, E5
St John’s Churchyard Gardens, E5

Hackney has the largest expanse of green spaces in inner London. It has a total of 62 parks, gardens and open spaces totalling about 330 hectares, ranging from the largest concentration of football pitches in Europe at Hackney Marshes to the beautiful and historic settings of Springfield and Clissold Parks.

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