Clapham Common retains Green Flag for fifth year

Clapham Common, Lambeth’s biggest and most popular green open space, has retained its Green Flag for the fifth year running having first been awarded the prize in 2018.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the UK and around the world.

Clapham Common joins 21 other open green spaces in the Borough of Lambeth which now hold this coveted award. A full list of the UK’s Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is here.

This international award, now into its third decade, is judged annually by experienced independent judges. Flying the Green Flag is a sign to the public that a site boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is safe, welcoming, accessible to all, well maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The wildflower areas on Clapham Common attract pollinators like butterflies and bees

Simon Millson, Chair of Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (CCMAC), said: “We are honoured to be presented with a Green Flag Award once again. It is a tribute to the hardworking volunteers – past and present – working constructively in partnership with Lambeth Council who make Clapham Common a jewel in the crown of our local community. 

“We have made excellent progress over recent years upgrading facilities and improving the way the Common is managed and we have plans for further developments, ensuring we have a thriving and biodiverse Common today and for future generations to come.”

Mount Pond, one of three on Clapham Common

Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee works with Lambeth Council to manage Clapham Common. It is made up of three Lambeth Councillors (from Clapham Town and Clapham Common & Abbeville wards), ten elected community representatives, and one representative each from the Friends of Clapham Common, Clapham Society and Bandstand Beds.