Six parks and nature reserves in the Dudley borough have proved they are a cut above the rest by obtaining Green Flag status.
Priory Park, Buffery Park and Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve in Dudley; Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge; Leasowes Park in Halesowen and Silver Jubilee Park in Coseley have all received the Green Flag Award.
The international award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Priory Park and Mary Stevens Park have also received the much coveted additional Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the management of historic features at the two beauty spots.
Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental services, said:
We are absolutely delighted that six of our parks have received a Green Flag Award.
We are particularly excited about the Green Heritage awards, which recognise the drive to preserve and celebrate our unique history.
Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award scheme manager, said:
We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.
Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.
The beauty spots are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks today receiving the prestigious Green Flag Award, recognised as the mark of a quality park or green space.
Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.