The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.
After 18 months that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that Jubilee Gardens has achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that make this immensely popular green space an area that everyone can enjoy.
Unusually, for a prime Central London open space, Jubilee Gardens is managed by a small locally based charitable trust, comprising representatives of local residents, businesses and adjacent landowners.
Ted Inman, Chair of the Jubilee Gardens Trust which manages the gardens, said: “As one of the busiest and best-loved green spaces in Central London we are delighted that Jubilee Gardens has achieved a prestigious Green Flag Award. With a footfall of some 8 million people a year prior to the pandemic, we provide essential space to play and relax for South Bank residents, local workers and visitors alike. We’d like to thank our maintenance partner The Nurture Landscapes Group for keeping the Gardens safe and looking beautiful, especially during this difficult time.”
Florence Eshalomi MP added her thanks and congratulations, saying “Jubilee Gardens provides a welcome green space in the heart of London which has been vital during the pandemic. It has been especially important for the 70%* of local residents who don’t have access to a garden, with parks such as Jubilee Gardens offering green space for exercise and access to nature which has such a benefit for mental health.”
Simon Cummins, Regional Manager, Nurture Landscapes Group added “We are delighted to be awarded Jubilee Gardens first Green Flag Award. This is a real testament to the great collaboration and teamwork between all stakeholders, the Jubilee Gardens Trust and our fantastic team. The gardens are maintained to a really high standard and enjoyed by many visitors on a daily basis, so it is great to have all the hard work that goes into maintaining this beautiful green space recognised.”
Commenting on the news that Jubilee Gardens has achieved the Green Flag Award standard, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Jubilee Gardens worthy of a Green Flag Award.”
“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteer trustees who do so much to ensure that Jubilee Gardens has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.