FIVE country parks have been awarded prestigious Green Flag status for their high standards and good facilities.
The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.
The Green Flag is a sign to visitors that the five parks, all run by Hampshire County Council, are well-maintained.
Councillor Andrew Gibson, executive member for culture, recreation and countryside, said: ‘Green Flags are an important sign to visitors of the high quality they can enjoy during a visit to our country parks.
‘They also represent all the hard work of staff, volunteers and partner organisations who are dedicated to making our country parks a wonderful location for everyone to enjoy.
‘Over the next few years, we will be building on the success of our country parks, with a programme of transformation which, once complete, will provide an even greater array of activities and facilities, which will enable people to enjoy the outdoors more often throughout the year.’
The country parks are: Lepe Country Park, New Forest; Manor Farm Country Park, near Bursledon; Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield; Royal Victoria Country Park, at Netley; and Staunton Country Park, Havant.
More information about the country parks can be found at www3.hants.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-service/country-parks.htm