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.”