Barking Park wins safety award

Barking Park has picked up an award for major improvements in tackling antisocial behaviour and littering.

The park has received a Silver Award in the Mayor of London’s Safer Parks Award, which were presented at City Hall on Thursday.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has lauded efforts to improve local parks blighted by crime and litter.

A total of 31 London parks were honoured in three categories - Gold, Silver and Bronze - and their volunteers and staff were praised for their hard work.

Boris Johnson said: “London boasts some of the most sublime green spaces in the country, and everyone deserves to enjoy their local parks without fear of crime.

“The scheme recognises the tireless work many unsung local heroes put into making green spaces more pleasant for everyone.

“I congratulate all 31 parks for their outstanding efforts. I hope this inspires others to get involved to deliver real change to run-down areas. Each one has found its own way to turnaround the often low level crime and antisocial behaviour that scares people away.“