Keep Britain Tidy has awarded three of Worcestershire's County Council's green spaces the Green Flag Award.
Waseley Hills Country Park; Worcester Woods Country Park; and St. Wulstan's Local Nature Reserve in Upper Welland; (which have been awarded 12, 10, and 7 consecutive years respectively) are amongst the 114 parks and green spaces across the West Midlands judged to be some of the best in the country.
In total, 1582 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens in the UK have met the high standard needed to receive the Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award, in what is another record-breaking year for the Award scheme.
The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green-space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
Cllr. Lucy Hodgson, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: "We’re absolutely delighted to retain a Green Flag Award for three of our sites for another year. This Award recognises and highlights that people in Worcestershire are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality.
"The Green Flag is the national standard for parks and open spaces, and this shows Worcestershire County Council is continuing to provide excellent countryside recreation facilities & opportunities to our visitors form Worcestershire and further afield."
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”