Kingston parks scoop top park prize

Three Kingston parks have been rated among the country’s best-kept green spaces.

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

Canbury Gardens has won the accolade four years in a row, Manor Park for the last three years and Fishponds Park two years running.

Green Flag status is given to parks and open spaces that are well managed and meet high environmental standards.

Councillor Simon James, Lead Member for Parks and Open Spaces, said:

“It’s great that our parks have won the Green Flag again. Canbury Gardens is a gem, one of the finest spots in London, and I’d like to thank our contractor Quadron for doing such a good job looking after and improving all of the borough’s green spaces.

“Everyone deserves to have an attractive park nearby that they can enjoy. They’re good for our health and wellbeing, and we’re fortunate in Kingston to have so much green and pleasant space.”

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.