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Dear Reader

We live in one of the greenest capitals in the world. We have over 3,000 parks to be proud of and no one should feel they have to avoid their local park because they feel unsafe, which is exactly why I have launched my Safer Parks Award.

Safer parks are those well used by everyone in the community whether to jog, dog walk, picnic, or just enjoy a better quality of life. Similar to a beach blue flag or kite mark, a Safer Park Award will recognise those organisations and local communities that have already taken successful action to reduce anti-social behaviour, improving how residents and guests to the capital can enjoy London’s great outdoors. This award will also provide strict standards for other parks to aspire to meet.

The award (bronze, silver or gold) will take the form of a plaque to be displayed in a winning park and will be announced annually. A Safer Park Award will offer reassurance as a trusted recommendation for those who want to make the most of their local or favourite park.

So if you are already impressed with action that has been taken in your area to improve the use of a park as a result of measures taken locally please do encourage your local authority or a ‘friends of’ organisation to apply for a Safer Park Award. Entries must close on the 31st January. Go to for more information and search safer parks.

Remember every park should be welcoming and used by the whole community, anything less fails to make the very best of our precious green spaces.

Best wishes,


Boris Johnson



27 December 2010