We may be between sunny spells at the moment, but many parks across north London have been named as among the best in the UK this year.

Once the weather perks up, any of them could be great places to visit this summer.

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Hampstead Heath, run by the City of London Corporation, once again retains its status for its 275-hectare open space – the site has won a Green Flag award since it was first entered for the prize in 1997.

Ham & High: A Green Flag Award banner held up at Golders Hill ParkA Green Flag Award banner held up at Golders Hill Park (Image: City of London)

Highgate Wood has also kept its status since first being introduced to the scheme, a feat achieved by only three other open spaces in the country.

Chair of the City Corporation’s park committee for Hampstead, Highgate and Queen’s Park, William Upton KC, said: “These awards are testament to the hard work and dedication of our world-class staff and volunteers.”

In South Hampstead, Alexandra Road Park was also recognised in the awards, as well as Queen’s Park in Kilburn.

Awards in Haringey

In Haringey, 25 parks have been awarded Green Flags, including Alexandra Park and Tottenham Marshes.

Here are other Haringey parks awarded:

  • Belmont Recreation Ground
  • Bruce Castle Park
  • Chapmans Green
  • Chestnuts Park
  • Coldfall Wood
  • Down Lane Park
  • Downhills Park
  • Ducketts Common
  • Fairland Park
  • Finsbury Park
  • Lordship Recreation Ground
  • Markfield Park
  • OR Tambo Recreation Ground
  • Paignton Park
  • Parkland Walk
  • Priory Park
  • Queen’s Wood
  • Railway Fields
  • Russell Park
  • Stationers Park
  • Tottenham Green
  • Woodside Park

Cllr Emily Arkell, cabinet member for culture, communities and leisure at Haringey Council, said: “This is a testament to our fantastic parks team, as well as our many friends groups and other community initiatives who put in so much time and effort to make our parks clean, safe and welcoming places for people to enjoy.”