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/ 20 July 2017

Garden at St James’s Church Piccadilly gets a Green Flag

The Southwood Garden at St James’s Church Piccadilly

The Southwood Garden at St James’s Church Piccadilly has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world. The memorial garden and former churchyard is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that has just received a prestigious Green Flag – 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.

The Southwood Garden, or ‘green churchyard’ as it has been known for much of its 300-year history, is tucked between Jermyn Street and Piccadilly. It is part of this historic site which has one of Sir Christopher Wren’s finest churches, at its centre.

Rector The Revd Lucy Winkett said: “We are delighted that The Southwood Garden here at St James’s Church has received its first Green Flag Award. In the heart of the West End, our garden provides a much-loved green space offering peace and tranquility that is greatly appreciated by churchgoers and visitors alike. Catherine Tidnam works extremely hard to maintain our garden and it’s a vital part of our commitment to being an Eco-Church. It’s terrific to see Catherine’s commitment acknowledged in this way.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

The Southwood Garden is currently hosting an exhibition by the celebrated sculptor, Emily Young, (ends 10th January 2018). The exhibition is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm (10.00am to 5.30pm on Bank Holidays).

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