Borough's green spaces recognised as best in the country

The Lawn Cemetery in Southway, Hatfield, has once again been awarded Green Flag status, confirming it as one of the finest green spaces in the UK.

Stanborough Lakes

The prestigious award, marking its Silver Jubilee this year, is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. It recognises the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The 10-acre cemetery, which features an attractive parkland layout, is run by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and maintained by contractor John O'Conner.

Stanborough Park and King George V playing fields in Welwyn Garden City also received Green Flag Awards. Both sites are owned by the council and run by GLL. Stanborough Park has held the coveted honour since 2001 and KGV since 2009.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, Executive Member for Leisure and Community Safety, said:

It's fantastic that Welwyn Hatfield has once again been recognised as having some of the best green spaces in the country. During the pandemic, our parks and open spaces have played a vital role for residents as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely. This award is acknowledgement of all the hard work that goes into maintaining the Lawn Cemetery, Stanborough Park and King George V playing fields to such a high standard.

Councillor Duncan Bell, Executive Member for Resources, said: "Access to quality green space has been so important for our community over the past 18 months. The Lawn Cemetery, in particular, serves the needs of residents at a difficult time, so I'm delighted our green spaces have been rewarded with this international mark of quality."

The Green Flag awards are managed by Keep Britain Tidy.