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Hall Place Gardens named one of the UK’s best green spaces
Hall Place Gardens has been recognised by the international Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best green spaces in the UK. It was presented with the prestigious Green Flag Award on 18 July.
The award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Cllr Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that Hall Place has received a Green Flag Award for the 21st year in a row. We know how much quality green spaces matter to our residents and to visitors and this award celebrates the Garden team’s dedication and hard work that goes into keeping this beautiful site maintained and cultivated to a very high standard.”
Hall Place and Gardens is one of only a handful of sites in the UK to have won the Green Flag Award every year since 1996. It also recently received the Tripadvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ award.
Sitting on the banks of the River Cray in Bexley, the Hall Place estate stretches some 65 hectares. The gardens were first opened to the public in 1952 by HRH the Duchess of Kent. Visitors to the gardens can see the famous Queen’s Beast topiary sculptures, which were planted in 1953 in celebration of the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
There are herbaceous borders, a romantic wildflower meadow, display gardens, model gardens and a sub-tropical glasshouse with a host of exotic plants and fish and terrapins in the pond. There’s also the busy wildlife including squirrels, wagtails, geese, exotic ring-necked parakeets and the resident kingfisher.
Hall Place is home to a variety of shows and events throughout the year including, outdoor cinema and theatre, flower shows, historic tours, workshops, festivals, concerts and markets.
The London Borough of Bexley is encouraging as many people as possible from across the borough to get out into the great outdoors and visit sites such as Hall Place, on its social media channels.
All throughout summer, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram followers will see outdoor tips and fun facts about Bexley’s parks, information about events, photographs and videos.
Residents can get involved by sharing their own photos and videos of their days out in the borough on social media using #explorebexley.
To find out more about Hall Place please visit www.hallplace.org.uk