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james downing and graham deal with green flag award for broomfield parkJames Downing (left) and Graham Deal display the Green Flag newly awarded to Broomfield Park

At a special cream tea held in the shade of trees by the boating pond, Friends of Broomfield Park yesterday said goodbye to two good friends who arrived carrying a special green flag.

The cream tea was served by the Greenery Community Cafe, the two good friends were James Downing and Graham Deal, both employees of Enfield Council, and the green flag was the official emblem of the Green Flag Award, which has been bestowed on Broomfield Park for the first time this year.

The Green Flag Award® scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.  That Broomfield Park has been awarded Green Flag status at its first attempt is a tribute to James and Graham, to the gardeners employed by the council and to the work of the Friends of Broomfield Park, whose volunteers have helped devise and implement improvements and raise some of the necessary funds.

Why goodbye?  Because the Public Realm Information Officer posts held by James and Graham are both being discontinued as a consequence of council cost cutting.  However, both of them will continue to be employed by the council, in different posts.

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