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Chiswick House Gardens Receive Gold Safer Parks Award
Boris Johnson presented Chiswick House Gardens with a top Gold Safer Parks Award in recognition of its hard work in combatting crime and creating a beautiful and welcoming environment
At a ceremony at County Hall on 13 May Mayor of London Boris Johnson presented Chiswick House Gardens with a top Gold Safer Parks Award in recognition of its hard work in combatting crime and creating a beautiful and welcoming environment.
The awards were presented to Friends of Parks groups and other organisations who have worked in partnership with councils and the police to target anti-social behaviour and revitalise local parks. The London Borough of Hounslow received two other prestigious awards at Dukes Meadows Park and Beaversfield Park.
Introduced by Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse as 'the stunning Chiswick House Gardens' the award acknowledged the relaxed and peaceful environment achieved at Chiswick through a number of measures including the restoration of the historic parkland and the introduction of a 24-hour warden service to patrol the park and assist visitors to the gardens.
Cllr. Ed Mayne, Hounslow Council’s lead member for crime and community safety said: 'This is fantastic recognition for three of Hounslow’s famous open spaces, and testament to the hard work put in by many local people, together with the police and the council, to make our parks somewhere safe for all residents and visitors to enjoy.'
Sarah Finch-Crisp, Director of Chiswick House and Gardens Trust said: 'We are delighted to receive a Gold Safer Parks Award which recognizes the transformation which has taken place at Chiswick House. In addition to the restoration of these beautiful gardens and the provision of an award winning café, our Warden Service works very closely with park users and neighbours, our partners in the London Borough of Hounslow and the local police to create a safe and welcoming environment for all our visitors throughout the year.'
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: 'London boasts some of the most sublime green spaces in the country, and everyone deserves to enjoy their local parks without fear of crime. The scheme recognises the tireless work many unsung local heroes put into making green spaces more pleasant for everyone.'
The Mayor's Safer Parks Award is designed to ensure that Londoners can be proud of their local parks, participate in their development and feel confident to suggest improvements that increase safety in London's public realm.
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