On the morning of August 29, at Belair Park, West Dulwich, the coveted green flag was run up the flag-pole under a blue sky.
According to the Green Flag website: “The Green Flag Award® scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.
It was first launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country. The first awards were given in 1997 and, many years later, it continues to provide the benchmark against which our parks and green spaces are measured. It is also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve high environmental standards, setting a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.”
A group of invitees consisting of the Friends of Belair Park, contractors, Southwark Councillors and managers gathered for the short ceremony. There were brief speeches. Cllr. Barrie Hargrove praised the work of the Friends of Belair Park in improving the Park, and Dr. Martin Heath, Chair of the Friends, thanked all present for their contribution to the effort and hailed the Friends’ relationship with Southwark as an example of a constructive and positive co-operation.