Valentines Park voted one of the best in Britain

Published: 17 October 2019

Valentines Park has beaten off tough competition to be voted as one of the best green spaces in the country for the second time.

Last month over 45,000 Britons voted for their favourite park as part of the People’s Choice 2019 awards with Valentines reaching the top ten.

Organised by Keep Britain Tidy, this prestigious poll finds the nation’s top 10 open spaces from almost 2,000 awarded Green Flag Award status by the environment charity.

In July, eight other Redbridge parks and open spaces successfully retained their coveted Green Flag status for another year.

Running for over thirty years, the Green Flag is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has the very best facilities.

Valentines Park is one of east London’s hidden gems, with gardens, lakes, landscaped fields and historic 300-year-old country house – Valentines Mansion.

In addition to the gardens and open green spaces, the facilities at the park for the public to enjoy include a children's play area, an outdoor gym, boat hire, sports pitches and tennis courts.

Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council said: “It’s fantastic news that Valentines Park has been voted in the top ten favourite parks in the country. We are so fortunate to have so many beautiful green spaces and playparks all around the borough and I’m really pleased that our commitment to and continued investment in providing the very best parks for our residents to enjoy has been recognised once again. This really is testament to all of the hard work of our parks team at Vision RCL, as well as volunteers and residents who contribute so much to make this park one we can all be proud of.”

Iain Varah, Chief Executive of Vision RCL, the charity that operates and manages the council’s parks and open spaces added: “We take exceptional pride in looking after the borough’s many wonderful parks and open spaces. It’s such an achievement that, for a second time, this park has been recognised as one of the nation’s favourites.  Our staff and volunteers work incredibly hard to maintain all the parks in Redbridge, as we fully understand the value green spaces have for the health and wellbeing of the community.”

Last year, the council announced they were investing £1.6m to upgrading play equipment and facilities in parks across the borough. The open spaces to benefit so far include Ray Park in Woodford, Seven Kings Park, Elmhurst Gardens, Loxford Park and others.

To see the full list of winners, head to www.greenflagaward.org.uk/

Find out more about park facilities and green spaces in Redbridge.

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