Words and photos by Dave Barry
Parks in Scarborough and Filey have been awarded Green Flags, placing them among the world's best green spaces.
They are Falsgrave Park and Peasholm Park in Scarborough and, in Filey, Glen and Crescent Gardens, which counts as one park.
All three have been awarded Green Flags every year since winning their first one: Falsgrave in 2005, Filey in 2006 and Peasholm in 2013.
The borough mayor, Cllr Joe Plant, hoisted the Falsgrave flag up its pole.
The three parks are among 1,883 large and small green spaces across the UK which have been awarded a Green Flag this year, almost 100 more than in 2017.
The Green Flag award scheme recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the UK.
The scheme, in its 22nd year, is managed by Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.
Scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It has been a record-breaking year for Green Flag awards. It’s fantastic to see that such a diverse range of locations have been recognised. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to experience and encourage the public to head outdoors, explore their local area and find even more unexpected green spaces they can enjoy”.