Two of Basingstoke’s parks have been recognised as among the best in the country, with both Eastrop Park and the War Memorial Park receiving the Green Flag Award.
Eastrop Park has been awarded Green Flag status for the 18th year running, while War Memorial Park has received the same award for the 10th year in a row.
The award, which is nationally recognised as a sign of a well-managed, clean and safe park, was given to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Eastrop Park has everything from a wildlife area to a children’s paddling pool, boating lake, play areas, trim trail and tree trail.
The War Memorial Park hosts Basingstoke Live music festival every year, and offers visitors a play area and attractive historic parkland, a skate park, sports pitches and all-weather tennis courts. It also boasts a woodland walk and an aviary.
Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “It is really fantastic that two of our much-loved parks have once again been recognised as amongst the best in the country.
“Our team and volunteers show so much dedication and enthusiasm into maintaining the parks and making sure they are places which can be enjoyed by everyone.
“I’m delighted that they are being recognised for their work.”