A record number of parks and green spaces in the borough of Rochdale today collect a Green Flag Award as part of Keep Britain Tidy's Love Parks week.
10 parks and green spaces were recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.
Holding onto their Green Flag statuses were Denehurst Park, Queen's Park, Middleton Memorial Gardens, Milnrow Memorial Park, Hare Hill Park, Jubilee Park, Middleton Cemetery, Truffet Park, Hopwood Park and Rochdale town centre parks which includes Broadfield Park, Rochdale Memorial Gardens and Packer Sprout and St Chad's Gardens.
The parks are among a record-breaking 1970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in 13 other countries around the world, that will today 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.
Hare Hill Park in Littleborough was Rochdale's first Green Flag Award in 2005. They've now received this award an amazing 15 times.
Councillor Neil Emmott, our Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "We are absolutely delighted to hold onto all of our 10 Green Flag Awards this year. Gaining the awards is no easy task and my thanks go to all of the community groups and gardeners who have worked so hard to help us achieve this standard.
"We know how much quality green spaces matter to our residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks to such a high standard."
International Green Flag Award 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 131 International winners.
"Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement."