Hall Place and Gardens in Bexley have today been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space – for the 20th time. It is one of only six organisations in the UK to have received the award 20 years in a row.
The award, now in its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Hall Place is a stunning Tudor house with magnificent gardens sitting on the banks of the River Cray in Bexley, run by independent charity, Bexley Heritage Trust. The topiary in the gardens is one of the star attractions. The intricate ‘Queen’s Beasts’ (depicting the ten heraldic statues portraying the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II) have been cut by one man, retired head gardener, Chris Riley for the past 40 years.
Caroline Worthington, Chief Executive of Hall Place and Gardens said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive our 20th Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy. This Award recognises that our visitors and people in Bexley are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”