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A tall square tower with rounded edges. It has four small rounded turrets at the top and a clockface near the top of the tower. There is a door (just seen) in the base. Buildings stretch out from the Clocktower towards the camera on the left, with small trees and shrubs in front. There is a flower bed on the right hand side and a path leading between them to the tower. The day is sunny and the sky is blue.

Horniman’s Clock Faces Go Green for Parks

The Horniman will turn its iconic clock faces green tonight (14 October) to celebrate its 16th consecutive Green Flag Award.

The Horniman is one of more than 80 locations to #GoGreenForParks, with buildings and landmarks lighting up in a nationwide celebration of great quality parks and green spaces recognised by the Green Flag Awards, including the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe, the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Salford’s Media City.

A much-loved local landmark overlooking one of London’s busiest roads (the A205 South Circular), the Horniman’s Clocktower is ideally placed to shine a light on the importance of green spaces for urban communities.

We know how valuable parks and outdoor spaces are for people’s wellbeing, and this year they have been more important than ever. Our visitors tell us how much they value the Horniman Gardens as somewhere to enjoy nature, spend time with family and friends, be inspired by beautiful plants and displays, to exercise, relax and admire the views.

Our Gardens and Estates teams have really done us proud this year, and we’re delighted to #GoGreenForParks to celebrate their hard work and the joy that the Gardens bring.
Kirsten Walker, Director of Collections Care and Estates at the Horniman

The Horniman Gardens are open year-round apart from Christmas Day, and have remained open to visitors throughout the COVID-19 lockdown measures.

The Horniman has minimised the environmental impact of taking part in #GoGreenForParks by adding coloured gels to existing lights, rather than using extra lighting and energy, in line with its Climate and Ecology policy. The green clock faces can be seen from dusk on 14 to 16 October.

Other south London locations to #GoGreenForParks are Hall Place House and Gardens, Bexley (14 to 18 Oct), Town Hall, Greenwich (14 to 15 Oct) and Woolwich Centre Green, Greenwich (14 to 15 Oct).