Country parks in Havant and Waterlooville given Green Flags
COUNTRY parks have been recognised as being top green spaces for people to enjoy.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Waterlooville, and Staunton Country Park, nearÂ Havant, are among five in the county given a Green Flag for 2018.
Others in Hampshire given the honour were Lepe Country Park, in the New Forest, the River Hamble Country Park near Bursledon and Royal Victoria Country Park near Netley.
The international award means theÂ parks haveÂ the highestÂ environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.
CouncillorÂ SeanÂ Woodward, Hampshire County Council's executive member for recreation and heritage, said: '˜We're delighted our popular country parks have once again been recognised as world-class open spaces for peopleÂ to enjoy.
'˜Green Flag Awards are hard-earned and only given to the best green spaces.
'˜Our staff, volunteers and partners are rightly proud of this excellent achievement.'
The council's vision to make the parks betterÂ continues with a programme of improvement work.