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Harrow parks win national awards thanks to volunteers help
Five of Harrow’s parks have been identified as among the best in the country after scooping nationally acclaimed Green Flag awards.
Kenton Recreation Ground, Harrow Recreation Ground, Cannons Park, Pinner Memorial Park and Roxeth Recreation Ground all received the accolades.
A team of volunteer judges visited the parks, rating them highly in eight areas including cleanliness, sustainability and conservation.
The head of Kenton Recreation Ground Friends Group Eugene Callinan, 53, who spends most of his time maintaining the 52-acre space, welcoming visitors and helping collect litter, said he was "absolutely delighted."
This month, Mr Callinan and other volunteers will unveil a new café in a disused bowls clubhouse.
He added: “We actually gave the inspectors a preview of the café before it officially opened to impress them and it must have worked.”
The keen gardeners' work at the park in Carlton Avenue has been praised by the Queen and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
He said: “I am always looking for volunteers to help me run the café and we are always looking for people to help maintain the park.”
“It’s like one big family in this park and together we keep it clean and attractive for everyone.”
Harrow Borough Council has also invested £100,000 over the past three years, installing facilities including a green gym, volleyball and picnic areas.
Council leader Councillor Thaya Idaikkadar, said: “Our parks are the green lungs of Harrow for everyone to enjoy.
“It is no coincidence the majority of these award winning parks have friends of park groups.
“We are blessed to have people who give up their time to make Harrow a better place.
“It is a lot easier for the council to invest in a park when we know that there are volunteers promoting and keeping an eye on the new facilities.”
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