Today, the Jubilee Gardens Trust is celebrating after receiving a Green Flag Award for Jubilee Gardens for the third year in a row.
The Green Flag Award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces and receiving the award three years running is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that care for the Gardens so that everyone can enjoy them.
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved at Jubilee Gardens in achieving a Green Flag Award.
“Jubilee Gardens is a vital green space for the community in South Bank and Central London, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles. The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”
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.
There was a strong international flavour to the International Brigades Memorial Trust’s annual commemoration on 1st July at the International Brigade memorial in Jubilee Gardens. This years event marked the 85th anniversary of the Battle of the Ebro, July to November 1938.
Guest speakers included Nancy Wallach, daughter of Lincoln Brigader Hy Wallach and board member of the New York-based Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), and Claude Desmazure, representative of the Paris-based ACER (Les Amis des Combattants en Espagne Républicaine).
More than 200 people gathered in Jubilee Gardens for the IBMT event where there was a minutes silence, wreaths were laid and the event closed with the singing of ‘The Internationale’.
On a beautiful evening on 14 June, the Jubilee Gardens Trust held a summer garden party for local residents, businesses and supporters to highlight the work of the Trust, our exciting future developments and how to get involved in this vitally important green space at the heart of our South Bank community.
The Trustees were joined by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, Florence Eshalomi MP, Leader of Lambeth Council Cllr Claire Holland, HM Deputy Lieutenant for Lambeth Christopher Wellbelove and Mayor of Lambeth Cllr Sarbaz Barznji as well as local residents and business representatives from the South Bank and Waterloo area.
Ted Inman, Chair of the Jubilee Gardens Trust opened the event, explaining the history of the site which was first opened as a park in 1977 by Queen Elizabeth II and re-landscaped in 2012 when the Queen visited again. Ted also talked about some of the upcoming projects to improve the Gardens including the much-anticipated expansion which will see the area increase by 40%.
Florence Eshalomi, Cllr Holland and The Duke of Gloucester all gave short speeches. They thanked the Trustees and grounds team for managing and maintaining such a vital, busy area and highlighted the importance of urban green spaces such as Jubilee Gardens.
A delicious lemon chiffon cake in the design of Jubilee Gardens, generously donated by Konditor, and music by Sandra and Paul added the finishing touches to a glorious warm sunny evening.
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Some new and unusual friends have recently appeared in Jubilee Gardens to keep our resident grey squirrels company.
These new blue residents are guarding acorn-shaped contactless donation points where Garden visitors can make an instant £2 donation to help keep our green oasis looking beautiful all year round. The squirrels say thank you in their own inimitable way too.
Run by local charity the Jubilee Gardens Trust, in normal times the park is enjoyed by over seven million visitors every year. It is also the most used green space for residents and local workers in the area. With trees, plants and outdoor spaces being so essential to our health and well-being, donations will help maintain and enrich the Gardens for all the residents, workers, students and visitors who love our nature-filled sanctuary on the South Bank.
The unique and innovative squirrel donation posts were designed by interdisciplinary designer Lara Farnham who works across a broad spectrum of sectors; from public realm to high-end luxury, retail to exhibition, leisure and large-scale developments.
Lara said about her designs:
‘I thought it would be nice to give something back when people donate. The squirrels cheekily ask you to tap to donate and thank you once you do it. Squirrels are playful, energetic and considered a little wise in some cultures; just right for the Gardens. When they glow in the darkness they are also reaching out to those walking by.’
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