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Kingston named as the most improved London borough for parks

Kingston has been recognised in The Good Parks for London 2019 report as the most improved London borough for its parks*, and is now 19th out of 33 boroughs across the capital.

The annual report compiled by Parks for London, recognises all of the great work taking place across parks, with the aim of sharing good practice and improving quality standards.

It measures each London borough’s parks against ten criteria* including public satisfaction, events and community involvement. This year the report also had a special focus on how parks can be developed for public health and wellbeing.

Kingston Council launched its ambitious Community Parks programme in 2018, with a pledge to invest £1.3 million in parks across the borough. So far, new gym equipment and entrance gates have been installed at Fairfield Recreation Ground, the playground at King George’s Recreation Ground has been transformed, along with the addition of a brand new gym and this week the new play area at Victoria Recreation Ground was unveiled. Exciting works are now underway at Beverley Park Playground.

The borough is also recognised as having an active and engaged network of valued volunteers. Between April and August of this year, 775 local volunteers spent a combined 4,068 hours helping out with maintenance and nature conservation tasks in green spaces across Kingston.

Councillor Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport, said:

“In just over a year, Kingston has climbed 14 places. This is a testament to the fantastic work taking place across the borough, by both the council and our wonderful community and voluntary groups, to protect and enhance our green spaces for everyone.”

“We are now gearing up to review how we look after our green spaces and will be refreshing our wider Green Spaces strategy next year to put further plans in place for a Cleaner, Greener Kingston.” 

For further information on the Community Parks programme please visit: kingston.gov.uk/communityparksprogramme

To view the Good Parks for London 2019 report please visit: parksforlondon.org.uk/good-parks-for-london

Notes to Editors

*For purpose of the press release and report ‘parks’ are defined as all publicly accessible parks and green spaces that are owned/leased and managed by London boroughs excluding allotments, housing green space and those managed by other land owners, such as the Royal Parks or Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

*Criteria used to assess London boroughs’ parks: Public satisfaction with parks, Awards for quality (Green Flags and London in Bloom), Collaboration, Events: both policy and range and number of events, Health, fitness and well-being, Supporting nature, Community involvement, Skills development, Sustainability and Strategic planning.

About The Good Parks for London Report

Parks for London compile the annual report to recognise and support the work that London boroughs and other land managers do to maintain the capitals parks and green spaces. The aim of the report is to share good practice and improve quality standards. The report measures London boroughs against the ten Good Parks criteria, celebrates success stories, shares topical case studies and highlights positive news coverage.

About Parks for London

The independent charity exists to safeguard London’s parks and ensure that the city’s green infrastructure continues to thrive now and in the future. Parks for London enables the people who plan, design and manage parks and green spaces to share knowledge and experience. Their aim is to maintain and improve quality, maximise services and get the best results from limited resources.