Parks are among the world's best green spaces

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: Falsgrave in 2005, Filey in 2006 and Peasholm in 2013.

In Falsgrave park, town crier David Birdsall rang his bell and declared the news in his loudest voice, while his consort, Veronica Dickinson, hoisted the flag aloft, watched by members of the park’s Friends group and the council’s parks-and-gardens squad.

The three parks are among 1,970 large and small green spaces across the UK which have been awarded a Green Flag this year, 87 more than in 2018.

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 23rd year, is managed by Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

Scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 126 international winners.

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement”.