Fifteen parks, open spaces and nature reserves in central Lancashire are some of the very best in the UK - and that’s official!
They are among a 1,476 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.
The awards, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country.
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
In Preston, Ashton Park, Avenham and Miller Park, Granger Park, Haslam Park and Fishwick nature reserve at Fishwick Bottoms have all been recognised.
The Friends of Haslam Park group also received a Green Flag Community Award for their volunteer management of the sensory garden and local nature reserve.
In South Ribble, Hurst Grange Park in Penwortham, Worden Park in Leyland, Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve and Cuerden Valley Park were all awarded Green Flag status.
And in Chorley, Astley Park, Tatton Recreation Ground, Withnell Nature Reserve and Yarrow Valley Country Park were given the flag. Meanwhile a Green Flag was awarded to Kepple Lane Park in Garstang.
Cabinet member for community and environment at Preston Council, Coun Robert Boswell, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive these Green Flag Awards for Preston’s parks and green spaces from Keep Britain Tidy.
“Preston has six parks and open spaces that meet the Green Flag award standard, and is recognition to all the hard work and commitment, not only from council staff, but also volunteers and Friends Groups who help maintain them for our enjoyment.”