1 November 2016: 11:10 am
Green flags for Merton's parks
Five parks in Merton have been awarded the national standard for quality green spaces.
Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields, Colliers Wood Recreation Ground, South Park Gardens, John Innes Park and Dundonald Recreation Ground have all been awarded the Green Flag by UK-wide charity Keep Britain Tidy.
The Green Flag will fly above the entrances of the five parks.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper, said: “Congratulations must go to our professional parks teams who work so hard to keep these parks looking great, and to the devotion of the friends’ groups who work so conscientiously beside them.”
He mentioned the outdoor green gyms and play areas and the solar powered smart bins that signal when they need emptying among the reasons for the parks’ popularity and success.
There are more than 60 public parks in Merton, and Draper added that the council would continue to work towards Green Flag standards for the borough’s other green areas.