Southwark’s parks top the London league for green spaces

Katherine Johnston (07 October, 2019) Environment

'As a central London borough where most people do not have their own garden it is particularly important for our residents to have access to excellent open spaces'

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Southwark’s parks are the best in London, according to a new report looking at how well our green spaces are looked after and used by the public.

Southwark came top of the league for several categories, including fitness facilities and activities, and feedback from park users, in the Good Parks for London Report, 2019.

There are 30 “green flag” parks across the borough, including those that have seen recent investment – such as Burgess Park which now has a water play feature, football pitches, BMX track and outdoor gyms and tennis courts.

The council has also been installing new water fountains to help people cut down on plastic and stay hydrate while exercising.

In the last year parks across Southwark have held 79 community and charity events.

Survey data showed 95 per cent of residents in the borough were happy with the parks and open spaces in their area.

Southwark Council’s Richard Livingstone, the cabinet member for environment, transport and the climate emergency, said: “This is a really fantastic result for Southwark and a great achievement for all of our staff and volunteers who work so hard to make our parks the best they can be for our residents.

“Our parks are at the heart of our communities and play host to some fantastic events throughout the year.

“As a central London borough where most people do not have their own garden it is particularly important for our residents to have access to excellent open spaces.”

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