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Hat-trick of Green Flags for Sutton Parks - 21.07.09

Cheam Park has secured a prestigious Green Flag Award - the national standard for parks and open spaces - it was announced today (22 July).

It becomes the third Sutton Council park to receive the honour after The Oaks and Grove Park retained their Green Flag status.

The awards recognise the best parks and green spaces in the country and were handed out by Keep Britain Tidy, the British Trust Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and GreenSpace who took over the running of the scheme from the Civic Trust this year. They also recognise how highly local communities value their parks.

The council is currently running a photo competition inviting residents to send in their best photos of the borough's parks this summer and compete for top prizes from local businesses.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment on Sutton Council, said:

"This is great news and thanks to the hard work, dedication and passion of local residents, friends groups and the council's parks service.

"Our green spaces are an essential part of the local area and one of the most popular services the council provides.

"They are places for children to play, for people of all ages to play sport, discover nature, relax and socialise.

"I'm delighted that we are continuing to improve them, invest in them through the local committees and attract more visitors."

Carl Brown, Chairman of the Friends of Oaks Park said:

"I am delighted that Oaks Park has gained the prestigious Green Flag Award for the second year running.  It is well deserved and is a tribute to the hard work of Alex, the resident gardener and to Bill Wyatt, the Assistant Parks Manager.

Last updated: Wednesday, 15 December 2010

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