Our green spaces continue to grow from strength to strength, as we celebrated a double win at the prestigious Green Flag Awards. Lillington and Longmoore estate received the flag for the seventh year in a row, while Lisson Green estate received the award for the first time. We continue to hold the title as the only organisation in our sector to wave the Green Flag.
The prestigious award celebrates the best green spaces in the country and is a sign to visitors that the areas are maintained to the highest standards. The estates were among a record breaking 1,447 parks and green spaces in the country to receive the award, which include Buckingham Palace Garden, Kensington Gardens and Hampstead Heath.
Nick Richards, head of CityWest Direct central area, was thrilled that Lisson Green won the award for the first time this year. He said: “It’s fantastic to win the Green Flag and we hope that this will be the first of many. We feel it’s crucial for our residents to have green spaces on their doorsteps which they can enjoy and this award is recognition that Lisson Green has achieved this.
“This award is the result of several years of development on the estate to improve the biodiversity through the introduction of wildlife gardens, allotments and a wildflower meadow. We would like to thank all our residents who have contributed to the gardening initiatives and helped to make the estate a better place to live. The work of our estate service team over the past few years has certainly paid off and we are all very proud to have received the award.”
Lillington and Longmoore were in the news again earlier this year when they celebrated another event on the estate. The official opening of their brand new Royal Jubilee Garden, which was opened by the Duchess of Norfolk, Georgina Fitzalan-Howard, was a huge celebration of community. Attended by residents from across the area, the event was another success to add to the estates budding list.
Liz Waine, south operations manager, CityWest Homes said: “It’s incredible to win the award for Lillington and Longmoore seven years in a row. To have the work of our green spaces team recognised year after year makes us extremely proud.
“Though we have received this award several times, we won’t be complacent. Our gardens are in the heart of our residents’ homes and we will continue to strive to develop high quality green spaces which help to enhance the community through resident engagement and sustainability.”
Green Flag Award Scheme manager Paul Todd said: “A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.
“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”