Two Harlow parks flying the flags again as one of the UK’s very best green spaces

Thursday, 20 July, 2017

Harlow Town Park and Parndon Wood Nature Reserve have once again been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best green spaces in the world.

Both parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that yesterday (18 July 2017) received a prestigious Green Flag Award  – the mark of a quality park or green space.

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve has now won the award for the ninth time in a row with the Town Park celebrating its second Green Flag Award.

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.

The Town Park is maintained by Harlow Council and HTS (Property & Environment) Limited with support from local volunteers. The Nature Reserve is also maintained by Harlow Council and volunteers with local organisation ECCO managing the Conservation Centre and running community activities as part of a partnership agreement. New green flags will be raised in both areas in the coming weeks.

Councillor Danny Purton, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to receive Green Flag Awards for two green open spaces which we are very proud of.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication and pride that goes into maintaining both sites to such a high standard. You don’t keep winning these awards unless you kept putting the hard work and effort in. Maintaining both to the Green Flag standard is only possible through a big joint team effort between Council staff, partners and local volunteers. 

“This year we dedicate these awards to Darren Fazackerley and all the volunteers who help maintain these areas.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. 

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

The Green Flag Awards Scheme ( is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We campaign for quality parks and green spaces for everyone, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We are run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit

Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.  Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status.  A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.