Eight open spaces, gardens and heritage sites in Lee Valley Regional Park are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that received a prestigious Green Flag Award and Heritage Flag – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The announcement was made by the organisers of the Green Flag, Keep Britain Tidy which celebrates 20 years of this prestigious award.

A Green Flag will fly at the following sites:

  • Bow Creek Ecology Park in Canning Town, east London
  • Gunpowder Park in Waltham Abbey, Essex
  • Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield, north London
  • Rye House Gatehouse in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
  • Tottenham Marshes in north London
  • Waltham Abbey Gardens in Waltham Abbey, Essex
  • Walthamstow Marshes in east London
  • WaterWorks Centre nature reserve in Leyton, east London

Additionally, Rye House Gatehouse, Waltham Abbey Gardens and Myddelton House Gardens also received Green Heritage Flags which are given in recognition of the successful management of sites with historic importance.

Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Shaun Dawson said: “It’s great news that we have been awarded these Green Flags for our wonderful open spaces, gardens and heritage sites.

“Lee Valley Regional Park attracts around six million visits a year and this award recognises the very highest quality, well-managed green space that visitors can enjoy.

“This national award is a great way to say ‘thank you’ to all our staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication in helping to create and maintain these beautiful places.”           

The national Green Flag award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. 

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

For more information about Lee Valley Regional Park and its award winning open spaces go to www.visitleevalley.org.uk