Hampshire parks are flagged up as worth visiting

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GREEN areas have won national awards as safe, secure and attractive places to visit.

In Portsmouth, Hilsea Lines was yesterday awarded the Green Flag Award for the second year running, and Baffins Pond scooped the prize for the first time.

And in Gosport Crescent Gardens was given the accolade.

The awards recognise and reward the best parks in the country, which are well- maintained and managed.

Judges said Hilsea Lines was ‘well managed and maintained and a green space the people of Portsmouth should be proud of’.

Seamus Meyer, the Portsmouth City Council’s parks and recreation manager, said: ‘Baffins Pond and Hilsea Lines are oases of green in a busy urban environment, offering areas for relaxation intermingled with wildlife and history.’

Cllr Lee Hunt, the council’s leader for leisure, said: ‘The awards highlight the commitment we have to the preservation of green spaces and the importance of wildlife. Many of our sites rely on volunteers. My thanks go to them for their work.’

Cllr Graham Burgess, chairman of Gosport Borough Council’s community board, said: ‘Nurtured by the Friends of Crescent Gardens, it is filled with plants that fit in perfectly with the period of the garden and the beautiful Georgian crescent alongside.

‘The commitment and work put in by the friends is second to none – something this award truly recognises.’

Award-winning sites now have the chance to receive the People’s Choice award, as voted for by members of the public. To vote for Crescent Garden to receive the national accolade, you can vote for it at greenflagaward.org.uk.