Two Wyre Forest parks have retained their green flag status.

Brinton Park in Kidderminster and the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens in Bewdley are among 1,883 UK green spaces to receive a prestigious Green Flag award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Councillor Juliet Smith, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Community Protection said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive two Green Flag Awards in Wyre Forest. I’m extremely proud of our parks and green spaces which provide local residents and tourists with a wide variety of outdoor spaces to enjoy all year round.”

Councillor Rebecca Vale, Cabinet Member for Operational Services: “We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the hard-work that goes into maintaining Brinton Park and QE II Gardens to such a high standard.”

Brinton Park has also received the much coveted additional Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the management of the historic features.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd 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.”