The Majority of the parks and open spaces in the City of Westminster are owned and managed by Westminster City Council. A small number of parks, notably the Royal Parks of Hyde Park, Green Park, Regents Park, St James and Kensington Gardens are managed by independent bodies.
Westminster's parks, gardens, open spaces and cemeteries have over the years been consistent winners in the Green Flag Award scheme organised by Keep Britain Tidy Group. The parks and cemeteries were awarded 18 Green Flags (15 parks and 3 cemeteries) in the 2009/10 entry on 23 July 2009. The service has also won awards the London Garden Squares Competition organised by The London Garden Squares Society.
The City Council is the local authority serving the heart of London. The City of Westminster stretches from Pimlico and Victoria in the south through the West End, Marylebone and Bayswater to Paddington and Queen's Park in the north-west. It includes the capital's principal areas of government, shopping, entertainment and tourism and the headquarters of innumerable commercial and professional organisations together with extensive residential areas of all types.