Twenty is plenty for Hall Place and Gardens as it picks up another award
PUBLISHED: 12:05 25 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:05 25 July 2016
Only six organisations in the UK have won the award 20 years in a row
A Tudor House near Bexleyheath has continued its winning ways to pick up yet another award.
Hall Place and Gardens is one of a handful of organisations to receive a prestigious green space award for 20 consecutive years.
Sitting on the banks of the River Cray, Hall Place and Gardens has been awarded the Green Flag award, which marks the quality of a park or green space.
It is one of just six organisations to receive the awards 20 years in a row.
The house boasts iconic topiary gardens, which have become one of the sites main attractions.
The intricate ‘Queen’s Beasts’ depicting the ten heraldic statues portraying the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II, have been cut by one man, retired head gardener, Chris Riley, for the past 40 years.
Caroline Worthington is the chief executive of Hall Place and Gardens, which is run by independent charity, Bexley Heritage Trust.
Mrs Worthington said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive our 20th Green Flag award from Keep Britain Tidy.
“This award recognises that our visitors and people in Bexley are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.”
Manager for the award scheme, Paul Todd, praised the award winners.
He said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the awards.
“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag award.”