Green Pennant
Roe Green Walled Garden joins list of award winning community green spaces

The Green Pennant Award recognises high quality green spaces that are managed by voluntary and community groups. The Award is part of the Green Flag Award scheme (Keep Britain Tidy), the national standard for quality parks and green spaces.

Each site is judged on its own merits and suitability to the community it serves. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Pennant status.

Roe Green Walled Garden has won this award each year since 2005.

Notes from earlier years are below.

For the third year running our garden has received the accolade of the Green Pennant, awarded by the Civic Trust for high quality green spaces that are managed by voluntary and community groups. The garden is looking magnificent this year. Visitors who have not been for a year or so have remarked on the improved display of flower beds, the water lilies, and the rockery, all due to the hard work of our volunteers.

We also featured as the only Brent garden in the London Garden Squares weekend in June (along with such places as Lambeth Palace Gardens and Westminster Abbey St Katherine's Garden - we are in good company!)

Brent Parks nominated our garden to feature as one of the parks and gardens being entered by Brent in the Britain in Bloom competition. Brent has such a good record that it is representing London on this occasion. The judges came at the end of July and this was followed by lunch at Wembley Stadium. One of the judges remarked how fantastic our garden was and praised our dedicated and enthusiastic group.

On a lesser note, we have had to carry out a health and safety audit and have identified a number of areas for improvement. A serious problem was the garage, which was in a precarious state, and we have had to dismantle it. We hope to replace it with a shed. Also we have taken steps to dispose of the many objects identified as not being relevant to our needs (ie clutter). That is the penalty of trying to recycle everything! (Bernard)

2006 The Green Pennant Award recognises and rewards high quality green spaces in England and Wales that are managed by voluntary groups. Each green space must be welcoming, healthy, safe and secure, well maintained, and clean. It must show environmental sustainability, biodiversity, heritage interest, and community involvement.

We are celebrating our success, as one of only seven green spaces in Greater London to be awarded the Pennant, and one of only forty-two in the whole of England and Wales .

Everyone in the Garden has worked very hard to achieve this award recognised by the Government. Green spaces have a profound effect on peoples well-being as they provide places to relax and play, and help to protect our wildlife and the environment. We are part of the Cleaner, Safer, Greener Communities campaign, and proud to be the volunteer part of Brent Parks, and to have achieved this award. Do come and enjoy this peaceful green space.

The judge, in his report, remarked:
"When Mike Batt wrote the following in the late 60's
Underground, overground wombling free
The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we
Making use of things we find
Things that everyday folk leave behind."

Little did he know that a rival organisation would be set up in North London approximately 20 years later.

2005 Roe Green Walled Garden is celebrating after being included in the list of 2005 Green Pennant Award winners - the standard mark for community-managed green spaces in England and Wales .

42 community green spaces - including 7 in the Greater London area - have been rewarded with a Green Pennant, up from 27 last year. This award, now in its third year, is exclusively for green spaces managed by voluntary and community groups. The Green Flag Award scheme, which has been running since 1997, is the national standard for parks and green spaces managed by the Civic Trust, and the Green Pennant Award is an additional scheme under this umbrella.

Roe Green Walled Garden is a Victorian garden built in the late 1800's as a country residence for the Duchess of Sutherland, but now owned by the London Borough of Brent and managed by the volunteers of Barn Hill Conservation Group. The site boasts many different features, having both formal and wildlife areas - with attractions for both children and adults alike.