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Hall Place, Bexley, wins Green Flag top rating

PUBLISHED: 09:36 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:36 18 December 2017

Hall Place and Gardens was praised by the Green Flag scheme. Picture: Archant archive

Hall Place and Gardens was praised by the Green Flag scheme. Picture: Archant archive

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Hall Place House and Gardens’ Green Flag status has been confirmed with a top rating, following a mystery shopper visit.

The mystery shopper – a judge from the international Green Flag Award Scheme – spent time on site observing its horticultural qualities, health and safety and cleanliness standards, welcoming appeal, presentation and accessibility.

In her comments, she said that Hall Place offered “a great array of examples of different horticultural techniques” and went on to say she loved the model gardens and that “‘one can glean a great deal of information from the site and replicate ideas at home”.

The judge concluded the site meets the award scheme’s high standards, maintaining its status as one of the very best parks in the UK.

Cllr Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “Since the grounds came back under council control in April the gardens team have worked tirelessly to bring the gardens back up to a very high standard. The judge’s comments reflect their dedication and hard work, and I’d like to thank them for all they do to keep this beautiful site maintained and cultivated.”

The Green Flag Award is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Hall Place and Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, has this year welcomed more than 100,000 visitors through its gates. It is one of only a handful of sites in the UK to have won the Green Flag Award every year since 1996. It also received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence award earlier in the year.

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