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A Winning Weekend

A Winning Weekend

Green Flag and Green Heritage Awards for 2020/21

The Friends received the following letter from Andy Williams, Park Manager for Kensington Gardens and Brompton Cemetry:

It is with great pleasure that I can inform the members of ‘The Friends’ that both Kensington Gardens and Brompton Cemetery were awarded their respective Green Flag Award and Green Heritage Site Accreditation for 2020/21. These awards acknowledge well managed parks and green spaces all over the UK and around the world and set the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces. The sites were judged via a ‘mystery shop’ earlier this summer, rather than the full formal judges visit and tour.

The awards were judged against a wide range of criteria including arboriculture, horticulture, conversation, safety, learning & engagement, heritage, maintenance, access etc.

“This is a tremendous achievement given the circumstances we have all endured this year and testament to the hard work and commitment of my team and all our on-site partner contractors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you and your teams bring to enhance and improve the experience for our many visitors. Undoubtedly the Park and Cemetery have been especially vital as places for relaxation, exercise, health and well-being this year. In addition, our success is a function of the collective contributions of many, many people and organisations including, of course, the expanding role of the Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Your members support is greatly appreciated and I am so very pleased to note the success of emerging volunteer activities.”

Andy Williams
Park Manager for Kensington Gardens and Brompton Cemetery

Andy wanted to emphasise that the award was entirely down to a team effort which includes all the gardeners and maintenance teams but sadly because of lock down we ran out of photographic opportunities to include more of them.

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