East Ham park wins award for eighth year running

Central Park has received the Green Flag for the eighth year in a row

Central Park has received the Green Flag for the eighth year in a row - Credit: Archant

An East Ham park has won a prestigious national award for the eighth year in a row.

Central Park in High Street South has received the Green Flag award which acknowledges excellence in parks and green spaces.

Judging criteria includes having a welcoming atmosphere, a healthy, safe and secure environment, cleanliness and sustainability, as well as an emphasis on community involvement.

Mayor Sir Robin Wales thanked volunteers during a celebratory flag-raising ceremony to mark the achievement which was attended by East Ham ward councillors and local community groups.

“Our parks play a vital role in the community with opportunities for everyone from children to the elderly,” he said. “Central Park is a place for people to come together, have fun and keep active.”

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Central Park opened in 1898 and included ornamental gardens which are largely in tact today.

It was previously home to an open air swimming pool and now hosts the annual Mayor’s Newham show.

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