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Questions over Finsbury Park’s award status

Haringey Council refuse to answer when and how the flag was lost

02 November, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Flag missing in Finsbury Park  Pic Credit: Martin Ball 

A GREEN Flag has been removed from Finsbury Park, raising concerns that it is no longer considered one of the country’s best parks.

The Green Flag Award, organised by charity Keep Britain Tidy, is given to the most “welcoming, clean and well-maintained” parks. Around 2,000 parks throughout the country share the status.

Haringey Council environment chief Councillor Kirsten Hearn said: “We have a comprehensive clean-up programme and spend thousands of pounds on Finsbury Park each year. We have a number of improvements planned and are keen to work with Keep Britain Tidy to make sure Finsbury Park’s Green Flag can fly again shortly.”

She added: “In Haringey we have some amazing green spaces and we work tirelessly to keep them in the best possible condition. As with many busy London parks, Finsbury Park gets thousands of visitors.”

Residents raised concerns after the flag disappeared from its usual position earlier this week, but Haringey, which manages the park, said the flag had been lowered after they were asked by Keep Britain Tidy to make “improvements”.

The park has been mired in controversy in recent months with community group Friends of Finsbury Park prompting a licensing review in a bid to prevent large-scale music events taking place.

Chairman of Friends, Simon Hunt, said: “If there is better management and better litter management the flag can come back.”

Representatives from The Green Flag Award could not be reached despite numerous phone calls and emails.

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