The 45 breathtaking parks and green areas in Kent that are so exquisite that they have earned a Green Flag

The 45 breathtaking parks and green areas in Kent that are so exquisite that they have earned a Green Flag

Several parks and green spaces in Kent have been recognized with the prestigious Green Flag Award this year. Nationally, a record 2,216 locations across the UK have met the high standards required for this accolade, the highest number since the scheme began 27 years ago. The Green Flag Award is given to publicly accessible parks and open spaces to promote exemplary management and best practices. These areas are crucial to the country’s green infrastructure, providing significant mental and physical health benefits.

Active park visits across the country are estimated to save £2 billion annually in avoided ill-health costs. The parks that receive Green Flag Awards are those that meet community needs, are well-maintained, safe, and offer ample opportunities for healthy lifestyles.

The Importance of Parks:

  • Mental and Physical Health Benefits: Parks offer a natural environment for exercise, relaxation, and social interaction, contributing to overall well-being.
  • Community Engagement: Green Flag Award parks are those that effectively serve their communities, offering spaces for recreation, events, and community activities.
  • Environmental and Economic Impact: Well-maintained parks play a crucial role in environmental conservation and contribute to the economy by reducing healthcare costs and providing employment opportunities.

Notable Quotes:

Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, emphasized the significance of parks as vital sanctuaries for communities. She praised the tireless efforts of those maintaining these green spaces, highlighting the record number of parks achieving the Green Flag Award standard as a testament to their hard work.


The recognition of these parks and green spaces in Kent and across the UK with the Green Flag Award underscores the importance of maintaining high standards in park management and the positive impact these spaces have on communities. As more parks achieve this status, the benefits to public health, community cohesion, and environmental sustainability continue to grow.

For the complete list of awarded parks and additional details, visit Kent Live.