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Have your say on Kingston’s award-winning parks and green spaces

People have until the end of this week to give their verdict on the borough’s parks and open spaces in a council consultation.

Kingston Council wants to hear what people think about the borough’s parks, green spaces, street trees, highway verges and sport grounds. 

The survey closes this Sunday, 31 August.
Three Kingston parks have won awards again rating them among the country’s best-kept green spaces. 

Canbury Gardens in Kingston, Surbiton’s Fishponds Park and Manor Park in New Malden have each been awarded a Green Flag by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. 

Canbury Gardens has won a Green Flag five years in a row, Manor Park for the last four years and Fishponds Park three years running.
Green Flag status is given to parks and open spaces that are well managed and meet high environmental standards. The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.
Councillor David Glasspool, Kingston Council Cabinet Member for Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Leisure, said: 

“Our survey gives everyone the chance to tell us how important our parks and green spaces are, how satisfied people are with them and ideas about how they could be improved.
“I’m really pleased that the hard work of our staff and volunteers, who do a great job looking after and improving spaces for everyone to enjoy, have been rewarded with the prestigious Green Flag again.
“We have a tremendous record of receiving Green Flags in Kingston, which is great recognition of the quality green spaces we provide for the wellbeing of our community.”
The 14.5 acre Canbury Gardens, first laid out in the 1890s, is a conservation area and popular recreation spot. Free summer concerts are staged at Canbury Gardens’ bandstand. 

Fishponds Park covers 13.5 acres and includes a nature reserve. The park is a haven for birds.

Manor Park, at 25.5 acres the borough’s second largest, includes a large conservation area and has cricket and football pitches, tennis courts and a bowls club.

Manor Park, at 25.5 acres the borough’s second largest, includes a large conservation area and has cricket and football pitches, tennis courts and a bowls club.

To complete the questionnaire online please go to consultations and petitions. For a paper copy please call 020 8547 5000.


For more information about the Green Flag awards go to Keep Britain Tidy.