Deirdre Costigan, Ealing Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for climate action, visited Bollo Brook Park in Acton this week (20 October) to celebrate it becoming the latest local spot to be awarded a prestigious Green Flag.
She met local people using the brand-new facilities, which include a play area, multi-use games area (MUGA), picnic tables, a smart play arch and a stage for holding events, to see for herself how the park is benefitting the local community.
Councillor Costigan said: “Bollo Brook Park is a new park, which has been awarded Green Flag status, meaning it has got all of the facilities anyone would need in a local green space.
“This park is particularly close to my heart, because it is brand-new and in the middle of a housing estate where a lot of people might not have access to outside play areas. We’ve also built this with input from local children at two nearby schools and with input from kids from the youth centre.”
There are now Green Flags flying over 23 parks in Ealing, which is a record high for the borough. It is part of the council’s ongoing commitment to protect and improve local parks, ensuring the high standards that have earned green flag status are maintained for the benefit of residents and the environment.
Councillor Costigan continued: “We’re really delighted that we’ve now got 23 local parks in Ealing that have been given Green Flag status.
“This is all part of Ealing’s commitment to newer and better green and open spaces near to where you live. We all know that during coronavirus, we discovered how important our parks are.
“But it’s also part of our fight against climate change. We need to re-green our borough, and that’s what we’re doing. We’ve delivered 23 green flag parks open spaces, which is a record for the borough.”
View Councillor Costigan’s visit to Bollo Brook Park.
The Green Flag Awards is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. They are judged by more than 700 experts who assess using eight strict criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
Alongside Bollo Brook Park, the Green Flag parks in the borough are:
• Acton Green Common
• Acton Park
• Blondin Park
• Bramley Road Open Space
• Brent Lodge Park & Churchfields
• Heathfield Gardens
• Islip Manor Park
• King George’s Playing Fields (Poor’s Piece)
• Lammas Park
• Montpelier Park
• North Acton Playing Fields
• Northala Fields
• Pitshanger Park
• Ravenor Park
• Southall Manor House Grounds
• Southall Park
• Southfield Recreation Ground
• Spikesbridge Park
• Three Bridges Park
• Walpole Park
Community Green Flag spaces include:
• Katherine Buchan Meadow in Hanwell
• Litten Nature Reserve in Greenford
There are a range of opportunities for local people to get involved with community and volunteer work in their local park or green space. Visit the Do Something Good website for more details.