As you may of heard recently Richmond Borough achieved 9 Green Flag Awards for 9 of our fantastic parks.
Our reporter in the field – Went out to investigate
To achieve a Green Flag Award, the park must comply with 8 key features.
- Be a welcoming place
- Healthy, safety and secure
- Clean and well maintained
- Conservation & heritage
- Community involvement
Well as I travelled the stretch of the borough from East Sheen to Hampton, peeking a look at the parks or sitting on the grassy verges to rest my weary feet – you could tell how these parks stood out.
For one they had people in them, doing a range of activities and on another point, the parks did not just feel like an open space – playgrounds, kiosks, tennis courts, cricket pitches skate parks, flower beds, scenery and wildlife make them feel homely and fit the bill for Cliff’s song ‘English Country Garden’
Twickenham Green, Twickenham. Or as I like to call it Twickenham Cricket Stadium
Hatherop Park, Hampton. A little gem, tucked into the corner of the Borough
Palewell Common and Field, East Sheen. A mini Richmond Park, shhh don’t tell the tourists
York House Gardens, Twickenham. Fact. this location stars in the Michael Caine movie ‘Alfie’
Terrace and Buccleuch Gardens, Richmond. You must have legs of steal, to climb the hill here
The Kings Field, Hampton Wick. Huge field + skate park = the place where all the cool sporty youngsters go
Richmond Green, Richmond. Sometimes its quicker to take a detour via the green, then to walk the narrow High street
Kneller Gardens, Twickenham. Just built a new play park and kiosk + it has an added bonus of being next to the River Crane
Radnor Gardens, Twickenham. It may flood once in a while, but you have to give it credit for its River Thames views
In addition, If you live near to these parks and would like to becoming involved, many have their own group which REN aids and supports. http://www.richenvironmentnet.org.uk/Groups-database.aspx
As its the Summer and you are stuck with the kids for several weeks – then take this opportunity to search these parks, greens, gardens and fields out. – happy wandering.