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TWO MORE Hackney parks, Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB and St John’s Churchyard Gardens, Clapton E5 0PD, have been awarded Green Flags under the Keep Britain Tidy  scheme that encourages the opening and maintenance of green spaces.
Keep Britain Tidy, a national environmental charity,  said the borough now had a total of 15 Green Flags.

Jonathan McShane, the councillor who speaks on health, social care and culture, said: “Year on year the number of Green Flags in Hackney is increasing, and I’d like to congratulate staff and park users and who do so much to make our parks among the best in London.”

If you live in a flat in Hackney, you almost certainly have access to trees and, uhm, grass, because the borough has, it claims, the highest proportion of open space of any inner London borough. Their variety is great, ranging from the football pitches at Hackney Marshes, the surrealistic statuary of  Shoreditch Park and the hip happiness of London Fields to the parents-and-prams gentility of Clissold Park, pictured at left.

All of Hackney’s Green Flag parks:

* Butterfield Green N16 8SB
* Cassland Road Gardens E9 7AL
* Clapton Pond E5 0QA
* Clapton Square E5 8HP
* Clissold Park N16 9HJ
* De Beauvoir Square N1 4LG
* Hackney Downs, E5 8NP
* Well Street Common, E9 7AS
* Hackney Marshes, E9 5PF
* Haggerston Park, E2 8QH
* Hoxton Square, N1 6PB
* London Fields, E8 3EU
* Shoreditch Park, N1 6TA
* Springfield Park, E5 9EF
* St John’s Churchyard Gardens, Clapton E5 0PD

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  1. John Thornton says:

    Hackney’s parks may be tidy and they are great places in which to cycle. But — thanks to the utter contempt with which Hackney council’s parks department has shown towards disabled people by converting park footpaths into cycle paths without consultation — most disabled people consider Hackney’s green spaces to be frightening places to walk in and no-go areas.

    They can stick their Green Flags! What a waste of public money.

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