St James’ Park has been recognised as one of UK’s very best green spaces

Friends’ of St. James’ Park are extremley happy to have received the Green Flag Award for all round excellence 2018/19.

We would love to thank all of our Volunteers, Friends, Commitee Members, Co-ordinators and the Council (especially Simon Buston, the West Area Parks Co-ordinator, who works tirelessly with us and is a great asset to the Council) for making this happen!

To top this off, Southampton City council announced today the following press release:





” St James’ Parks and Riverside Park have each been recognised as one of the UK’s very best green space

Today, a record number of parks and green spaces collect a Green Flag Award.

Both St James’ Park in Shirley and Riverside Park in Bitterne Park have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as being amongst the very best in the world. St James’ Park and River Side Park join other green spaces awarded recognition in Southampton.

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Both parks are unique in character, but are similar in having fantastic community lead friends groups at the heart of their management. They work tirelessly alongside Council staff to ensure that the parks are some of the best in the world.

Cllr Jacqui Rayment said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for our parks.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining both St James and Riverside Parks to such a high standard.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.”  

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

Great start to 2018!

2018 has so far proved brilliant for Friends of St. James’ Park.

In the first months, we won two grants for our Dementia project! We are in a great place and are looking forward to offering two information sessions on how to become Dementia Friends and have started a fortnightly drop-in session for people living with dementia.


Thanks to Awards for All which is part of the National Lottery and Southampton City Council for believing in us! We are very excited to start working on the Dementia Project and continue supporting our local community.

FoSJP Special General Meeting

FoSJP held a Special General Meeting at the ParkLife Community Room to discuss a proposal from the FoSJP Committee that FoSJP become a registered charity (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) with a wider membership.

FoSJP Membership

For a nominal sum, you can become a member of FoSJP and keep up to date with developments and events via our regular newsletter.

FoSJP AGM 2017

oSJP held its eleventh Annual General Meeting at the ParkLife Community Room at St.James’ Park on Tuesday 23rd May 2017.

Volunteer Christmas Celebration

FoSJP is proud of what we achieved in 2016 – we couldn’t have done it without our fantastic volunteers, friends, and family – so on Saturday 3rd December, we invited everybody who’d worked with us in the past or during 2016, and anyone who’d be interested in having a chat to us about working with us in the future, to a celebration in the ParkLife Community Room.

Volunteers Matter

That was the message ‎shared on Saturday 23rd January 2016 when Community Volunteer Coordinator Marina Murphy and FoSJP Treasurer Joanne Clements hosted a volunteers’ social event which had kindly been organised by Julie Catling in the ParkLife Community Room.

FoSJP AGM 2015

FoSJP held its ninth Annual General Meeting at the ParkLife Community Room at St.James’ Park on Thursday 14th May.