Image above: Chisick House & Gardens Italian Garden
“Testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and incredible volunteers”
Chiswick House & Gardens has been awarded the Green Flag. The accreditation, given by Keep Britain Tidy, is an internationally recognised mark of quality for parks and green spaces and means that Chiswick House & Gardens is recognised officially as one of the country’s best parks.
Receiving the award is “testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and incredible volunteers” says Chiswick House & Gardens Trust.
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity that sets the standard for the management of parks and beaches, inspires people not to leave litter, to waste less and live more sustainably.
The Green Flag judges were particularly impressed by the work the Trust is doing to improve the historic landscape for visitors’ enjoyment, while they were also reducing the environmental impact and increasing the involvement of community and volunteers.
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE said:
“Chiswick House & Gardens is a vital green space for the Hounslow community, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles.
“The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”
Image above: Chisick House & Gardens; photograph Rod Blackwell
Director Xanthe Arvanitakis thanks visitors for the part they play in keeping the gardens beautiful
Rosie Fyles, who took over from Geraldine King as Head of Gardens 18 months ago, said:
“We’re absolutely delighted to have received the Green Flag Award and it’s encouraging to receive such positive comments about the conservation work we’ve been carrying out in the last year.
“For example, we’ve been trialling a technique to replace areas of failing formal hedging with weaved willow and hazel fencing. The dead-hedge habitats we’ve created were regarded as innovative and inspiring by the judges.”
Xanthe Arvanitakis, Director of Chiswick House & Gardens Trust added:
“As well as the hard work of our dedicated staff and volunteers looking after our precious green spaces, I also want to take this opportunity to thank our community of visitors for respecting our natural habitats and taking their litter home with them.
“It all helps to keep the Gardens looking beautiful for everyone to enjoy every day.”
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