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Green flag accolade for Gillespie Park nature reserve

26 July, 2019

Cllr Claudia Webbe, centre, and Sue Jandy (fourth from right) celebrate the award with staff and the Friends group

A MUCH-LOVED nature reserve tucked away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in Finsbury Park was presented with a prestigious Green Flag Award this month.

The award, organised by charity Keep Britain Tidy, which recognises the country’s best green spaces was given to Gillespie Park, which is home to an ecological centre along with ponds, meadows and woodlands.

Two other parks – Paradise Park and Arlington Square – also received the Green Flag Community Award for environmental management.

Volunteers from Friends of Gillespie Park who spend an estimated 2,500 hours maintaining the park each year joined council environment chief Claudia Webbe at the park to celebrate the win on Wednesday. The flag will fly at the entrance.

Sue Jandy, chair of the Friends of Gillespie Park, said: “We hope that this award encourages more people in our community to discover and enjoy the park.”

Cllr Webbe said: “I would like to thank all of our hard-working nature conservation volunteers and the Friends of Gillespie Park, who work incredibly hard alongside our staff to enhance and protect the precious wildlife in this oasis of calm in the city.”

Finsbury Park, managed by Haringey Council, was temporarily stripped of its green flag after a “mystery shopper” inspection late last year. The council was told by Keep Britain Tidy to make “improvements”.

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