Record number of Leicester parks receive Green Flag quality awards
A record nine parks in Leicester have received Green Flag awards.
The national quality benchmark was awarded for the first time to Western and Spinney Hill parks last year.
Green Flags indicate a park is well-maintained and managed and has excellent facilities.
Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor responsible for heritage, sport and leisure, said: "Nine Green Flag awards is a real success.
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"We are especially grateful for the efforts of our friends and user groups who do much to drive improvements."
Abbey Park, Aylestone Hall Gardens, Castle Gardens, Evington Park, Knighton Park and Welford Road Cemetery retained their green flags.
In the county, Watermead Country Park, Beacon Hill, Market Bosworth Country Park, Queen's Park and The Outwoods in Loughborough, Hollycroft Park in Hinckley, Brocks Hill Country Park in Oadby and Peace Memorial Park in Wigston received green flags.
So, too, did Cutts Close Park, in Oakham.
Community awards were given to A Place to Grow, in Enderby, run by Community Action Blaby District, and Little Bowden Recreation Ground, in Market Harborough.
Nick Rushton, acting leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: "We are proud of our country parks and delighted to flag them up again.
"Watermead, Market Bosworth and Beacon Hill country parks really are gems."