Colnbrook Rec stripped of Green Flag

Pippins Park has succeeded in being awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for the fifth year running but Colnbrook Recreation Ground failed to make the grade.

Cllr Satpal Parmar (right) is joined by Bruce Hicks and Gerald Pleace from the Slough Borough Council's parks team (left and second from right) and Herschel Park volunteer Keith Smith (second from left) for the raising of the new Herschel Park Green Flag.

Cllr Satpal Parmar (right) is joined by Bruce Hicks and Gerald Pleace from the Slough Borough Council’s parks team (left and second from right) and Herschel Park volunteer Keith Smith (second from left) for the raising of the new Herschel Park Green Flag.

Keep Britain Tidy’s annual list of the best parks was published last week – and it contains bad news for Colnbrook. The Colnbrook Recreation Ground has lost its Green Flag.

The London Borough of Hillingdon was named as the best managing organisation, with 28 of its parks gaining Green Flags including Harmindsworth Moor. Richmond, with 16, and Ealing, with 13, were both in the Top Ten in the United Kingdom, while Hounslow also did well locally.

Slough’s other two previous winners – Salt Hill and Herschel Parks – both held on to their awards and the Council has been eager to give the good news.

Cllr Satpal Parmer, lead member for environment and open space, said:

“People may be surprised to learn of the wide and varied activities in these parks – you can take yoga classes in Herschel Park, skate in Salt Hill Park, or simply admire the wildlife in the streams in Pippins Park. All of this is made possible by our parks staff and this award is a result of their hard work.”

Colnbrook Rec is the only park in the borough not maintained by Slough Borough Council. The Colnbrook Community Partnership maintains the park on behalf of the Parish Council. The downgrading will hurt all the more given the additional funds that have been pumped into the children’s play area to cover wear and tear in readiness for the secret judging.

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No comment has been made yet by either body, but it is understood they will have been given access to the detailed scoring.

In total, 1,476 parks did meet the high standard needed to receive the Award, more than ever before.

In June the CCP said its support was behind Groundwork South’s bid for a major habitat restoration at the Arthur Jacob Nature Reserve in Horton. The recipient of a £2,000 annual grant from Colnbrook taxpayers, it will now be under scrutiny for failing to do better closer to home.

The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 volunteer experts who visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

The announcement of this year’s Award-winners coincided with Love Parks Week, which ran from July 25 to August 3.

 

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