Today, parks and green spaces across the country will be raising their Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.

Among them will be Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and Priory Park in Huntingdonshire, which are raising a Green Flag Award for the second time.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Executive Councillor for Operations and Environment, Marge Beuttell said: "The raising of the green flag recognises and rewards the provision of our high-quality parks and green spaces across Huntingdonshire.

"2020 has really highlighted how important public parks are and access to green open spaces is. Without them many people's lives would have been much further confined during the lockdown period. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the hard work put in by park staff, the community and friends of the parks groups."

Commenting on their success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: "This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

"It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Huntingdonshire District Council has achieved the highest international standards for Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and Priory Park demanded by the Green Flag Award."