Five parks in Harrow have been honoured with Green Flag Awards marking them out as among the best green and open spaces in the country.
Canons Park, Harrow Recreation Ground, Roxeth Recreation Ground, Pinner Memorial Park and Kenton Recreation Ground were all awarded the accolade recently.
The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.
Managed by the Civic Trust, it recognises and rewards the best green and open spaces in the country.
Having Green Flag status ensures the high level of quality against which our parks and green spaces are measured and is seen as a way of encouraging high environmental standards.
Grade II-listed Canons Park includes The King George V Memorial Garden, a walled garden, which was originally part of the duke’s kitchen gardens and was re-designed in the 1930s, once the park became open to the public.
Harrow Recreation Ground provides excellent sports facilities including cricket squares, football pitches, a bowling green, tennis courts and a basketball court and is home to Harrow Bowls Club, one of the largest Middlesex bowls clubs with an affiliation to national, county and district associations.
Roxeth Recreation Ground has a number of features including a children’s playground, green gym, tennis, football and cricket facilities.
Pinner Memorial Park includes a bowling green and a pond with ducks and geese and a small aviary of budgerigars. An ornamental ‘Peace Garden’ also provides a quiet place to sit.
Kenton Recreation Ground includes sporting facilities, including basketball and cricket and is home to a newly built and soon-to-open BMX track.
Cllr Varsha Parmar, Environment Portfolio Holder, said: “This recognition of the Borough’s wonderful parks is a tremendous honour and shows richness in our green spaces.
“With the Covid-19 pandemic our green spaces have been even more important for our residents this year for exercise and mental and physical health.
“These fantastic resources provide tranquil respite from stress and space for safe exercise. They are also rich with biodiversity and encourage high environmental standards.”
(Source: Harrow Council)