Green flag awards

Green flag awards are seen as the gold standard for public spaces that are welcoming, safe and well maintained. They are awarded by Keep Britain Tidy.

Judging criteria

The park, garden or green space is usually judged against 8 criteria which cover everything from access through to sustainability and marketing:

  List of criteria
1 A welcoming place - how to create a sense that people are positively welcomed in the park
2 Healthy, safe and secure - how best to ensure that the park is a safe and healthy environment for all users.
3 Clean and well maintained - what people can expect in terms of cleanliness, facilities and maintenance
4 Sustainability - how a park can be managed in environmentally sensitive ways
5 Conservation and heritage - the value of conservation and care of historical heritage
6 Community involvement - ways of encouraging community participation and acknowledging the community's role in a park's success
7 Marketing - methods of promoting a park successfully
8 Management - how to reflect all of the above in a coherent and accessible management plan or strategy and ensure it is implemented.

How we meet the standards

Award-winning sites

Green Flag Gardens
Broadley Street Gardens Rembrandt Gardens
Ebury Square Gardens Soho Square 
Leicester Square Garden St. Anne's Churchyard
Marble Arch St. George's Square
Millbank Gardens St. John's Gardens (Horseferry Road)
Mount Street Gardens St. John's Wood Church Grounds
Norfolk Square Gardens Talbot Square
Paddington Street Gardens Victoria Embankment Gardens
Paddington Recreation Ground Violet Hill Gardens
Porchester Square Gardens Westbourne Green Open Space
Queens Park Gardens Whitehall Gardens
Green Flag cemeteries
East Finchley Cemetery Mill Hill Cemetery
Hanwell Cemetery  
Green Heritage sites
Leicester Square Gardens Victoria Embankment Gardens


Contact the Parks Department

Last updated: 25 July 2018