Green Flag Awards for Potters Bar parks

PUBLISHED: 17:39 25 July 2012 | UPDATED: 17:54 25 July 2012

Oakmere Park, Potters Bar

Oakmere Park, Potters Bar

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THE grass isn't greener on the other side for Potters Bar residents - after the town once again saw two of its parks scoop top awards.

The Green Flag Awards have just been handed out to the green spaces worthy of the prestigious accolade which recognises well managed, high quality park areas.

It is the 10th time Oakmere Park has won the award and the fourth consecutive year Parkfield has landed it.

A delighted Doreen Scivyer from Friends of Potters Bar Parks told the Potters Bar Edition: “I am very, very pleased.

“Everyone involved works so hard all year round so it is a great achievement.

“Our parks are of a very good quality.”

Among the criteria assessed to gain the award was whether the park or green space is clean and well maintained, whether it is healthy, safe and secure, whether the facilities are environmentally sound, overall impressions upon entering the site and the level of community involvement.

As well as the two award-winning parks in Potters Bar, four other parks across Hertsmere were given the Green Flag prize, bringing the total to six – a feat unmatched anywhere across Hertfordshire.

Borough councillor Jean Heywood, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “I’m delighted that Hertsmere’s parks and green spaces have continued their dazzling record with this latest clutch of awards.

“The recent wet weather has meant fewer people have had a chance to enjoy their local parks so far this summer, but these awards prove that come rain or shine, Hertsmere is second to none for high quality green spaces.

“This success would never have been achieved without the help of our parks team, our ground maintenance contractor John O’Conner and our friends groups.

“The contribution of our volunteers, in particular, is invaluable.”

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