Westminster estates are recognised as some of the UK’s very best green spaces

Residents and staff celebrate the Green Flag

Three housing estates in Westminster received the Green Flag Award in recognition of their outstanding quality green spaces, which provide an oasis for residents in the heart of London.

Lillington and Longmoore Gardens estate in Pimlico has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme for the thirteenth year running, while Churchill Gardens (also in Pimlico) received the award for the seventh and Lisson Green in Marylebone for the fourth. They join other award-winning green spaces in Westminster which include the royal parks.

Lillington and Longmoore Gardens estate was recognised for continuing to be a hub of wildlife and biodiversity, including hosting their own beehives on the estate, which produce a delicious crop of honey every year. Lisson Green continues to engage the community in their surroundings by installing new interactive signage, while Churchill Gardens harbours an oasis of wildlife in a large and complex urban estate.

A Lillington local, Florence Heath, pictured with her daughter Tahlia, said: “It’s really lovely on the estate. I love walking in from the busy city streets into this green oasis, which is beautiful all year round and can really boost your mood! It’s great for the little ones too as they play in the gardens and enjoy the flowers.”

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. Alex, a resident in Pimlico, added: “I’ve lived here all my life and I really enjoy going into the gardens to find some peace and relax. The gardens are very peaceful and are especially good for me because I don’t have a garden of my own to go into. It’s lovely round here and I can’t think of any way they could improve on this place.”

Cllr Andrew Smith, Westminster City Council cabinet member for housing services, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the Green Flag Award for these estates and proud that they are recognised as having some of the best green spaces in the country. Westminster City Council believes in creating a City for All with one of our key aims being to create a healthier and greener city and we know how much quality green spaces matter to our residents.

“This award celebrates the dedication and time that goes into maintaining the green spaces on our estates to such a high standard.”