Green flags will be flying high across the county after the announcement of national awards for parks and open spaces in Preston and South Ribble.
Inspectors visited green spaces across Central Lancashire and have honoured sites in the Green Flag Awards 2015/16.
Congratulations to the hard-working staff who have kept up standards all year round to ensure that these parks have all kept their Green Flag statusCoun Peter Mullineaux
In Preston, the prestigious awards were given to Ashton Park, Avenham and Miller Parks, Fishwick Bottoms and Haslam Park.
And Worden Park in Leyland, Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve and Hurst Grange Park in Penwortham made up South Ribble’s hat-trick of awards.
Preston Council’s cabinet member for community and environment, Coun Robert Boswell, said: “I am delighted that five of our parks and green spaces have received the Green Flags from Keep Britain Tidy. This fantastic news coincides with National Love Parks week so I urge the people of Preston to visit the parks and take in all their beauty.
“Preston has five parks and open spaces that meet the Green Flag award standard, this 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.”
Haslam Park friends group also holds a Green Flag community award for their volunteer management of the sensory garden and local nature reserve.
Coun Peter Mullineaux, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and street scene, said: “Congratulations to the hard-working staff who have kept up standards all year round to ensure that these parks have all kept their Green Flag status – meaning they are officially classed as being among the UK’s best green spaces.
“This huge achievement is not only down to our own teams, however, but also the loyal army of volunteers who regularly give up their own free time to help maintain and improve the open spaces. We are determined to not rest on our laurels, however, and are continuing to invest in our parks to the tune of an extra £700,000 this year alone.”
The awards recognise and reward the best free parks and green spaces across the country.