Love Parks: Green flag flying high over Battersea Park

Published: Tuesday 17th July 18

The prestigious Green Flag Award has been awarded to the park from leading environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

L-r: Sam Kemp, Horticultural Development Officer, Enable Leisure and Culture, Simon Jones, idverde, Laurie Black, Parks and Events Police Sergeant, Enable Leisure and Culture, Frances Radcliffe, Chair of the Friends of Battersea Park, Cllr Steffi Sutters, Paul Bedford, idverde, Inspector Steve Biggs, Parks and Events Police, Enable Leisure and Culture, Neil Blackley, Head of Parks, Enable Leisure and Culture

The Green Flag Award scheme rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the UK.

Last year Keep Britain Tidy described Battersea Park as “the jewel in the crown of London’s parks” and said “no other park in the capital offers so much to see, do and enjoy.”

The award comes in the wake of a massive £840,000 investment programme to the park which has included: a new children’s playground, new landscaping, the refurbishment of the Victorian seating shelters, and the transformation of a disused area called The Promontory into a beautiful area for residents to walk and take in views of the Thames.

“Battersea Park is one of the capital’s most popular and well used parks and I am very proud it has won the Green Flag Award yet again,” said cabinet member for community services and open spaces, Cllr Steffi Sutters. “From the beautifully maintained gardens to the numerous attractions including the boating lake, sports courts and the peace pagoda – there is so much to do here and it’s no wonder people come back time and time again to enjoy something new.”

One thing to do is Foodstock LDN which takes place in the park from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29. Thousands of foodies are expected to attend the event which features a mouth-watering array of street food, famers’ markets and craft beer with various forms of entertainment taking place over the weekend. For more details go to: www.foodstock.london

The park is home to public art including Barbara Hepworth's 'Single Form' and a new commission by Nicolas Deshayes which can be seen in the pleasure gardens until Aug 19

It’s all part of our summer celebration of our open spaces called Love Parks which commemorates Wandsworth as one of the greenest of London boroughs.

· We’re running a competition for Foodstock LDN to win pairs of tickets for any of its three days. To be in with a chance of winning just post a photo of your favourite Wandsworth park on Instagram under the hashtag: #LoveParksWandsworth.

You can also tweet us a photo at @enableLC , @EnableParks and @wandbc  with the same hashtag.

· Find out more about our Love Parks campaign at: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/loveparks

Wandsworth’s parks and open spaces are managed by Enable Leisure and Culture, on behalf of Wandsworth Council. Enable Leisure and Culture is a non-for-profit organisation, no. 09487276, and registered with the Charity Commission (no. 1172345), providing leisure and cultural services for the benefit of local communities.

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Recent comments

All good everyone, please keep it up! Only one gripe ...... can something be done to improve litter collections? Ideally, throughout the day, but also before the foxes get a chance to start on the bins.
John Pillar

22 July 2018

Battersea is indeed a wonderful park which has been cleverly upgraded in recent years. However, greater crowds have exacerbated anti-social behaviour, including littering, with the Council and Enable seemingly unwilling or unable to do much about it. sad.
Olivier Desbarres

20 July 2018