West Ham Park praised by Lord Mayor

Members of West Ham Cricket Club wait to meet the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alan Yarrow

Members of West Ham Cricket Club wait to meet the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alan Yarrow - Credit: John Park

The Lord Mayor of the City of London has praised the work of staff at West Ham Park.

Alan Yarrow, the head of the City of London Corporation which has run the park since 1874, made the comments during a visit to the site on Friday.

He planted a dwarf pine tree, met members of West Ham Cricket Club and received a tour of the wildflower medals and community vegetable garden.

He said: “So much hard work goes into keeping West Ham a place that can be used and enjoyed by all Londoners.

“The park has an enormous impact on both the local community and the capital at large – and is hugely valued by everyone who comes here.”

The 77 acre park, the largest in Newham, is among 11,000 acres of green space across the capital run by the City of London Corporation.

Last year the park was awarded a Green Flag and Green Heritage Award, as well as claiming gold in the large park category at London in Bloom.