Potters Bar parks retain Green Flag awards

TWO public parks in Potters Bar have been recognised as quality green spaces for the second year running.

Both Parkfield, off Billy Lows Lane, and Oakmere Park, off High Street, retained the Green Flag awards they won in 2009.

Last year, Parkfield claimed the flag for the first time, while Oakmere Park previously held it between 2002 and 2007.

In Borehamwood, Aberford Park secured a Green Flag Award for the third year, while King George Recreation Ground in Bushey earned it for the 12th time.

Elsewhere in the borough, Fishers Field Nature Reserve, also in Bushey received a Green Pennant Award for the second year running.

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This award is for green spaces that are managed by voluntary and community groups.

The news was greeted warmly by Hertsmere Borough Council.

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Cllr Jean Heywood, environment portfolio holder, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to get five awards again this year and have worked very hard at maintaining the high standards needed in order to hold on to these prestigious awards.

“The awards recognise the hard work and dedication of our parks officers, ground maintenance team at John O’Conner and friends groups who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure the parks are clean, safe and welcoming.

“But it is also thanks to the people who use the parks who take pride in them too, by using litter bins and clearing up after their dogs – this really makes a difference.”

The annual Green Flag and Green Pennant Awards are run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

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