VALLEY Gardens in Barnoldswick is one of six parks across Pendle to have retained its Green Flag status.

The coveted Green Flag is awarded to parks in recognition of them being the best in the country. Successful parks must be a welcoming place with eco-friendly environments, including great natural habitats for wildlife.

Councillor Asjad Mahmood, leader of Pendle Borough Council, said: “These awards are a credit to the council’s hard-working staff, park friends groups and volunteers who do so much to ensure they maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

“We are very lucky to have so many wonderful parks in Pendle with great facilities. They are vital green spaces for the community to enjoy.”

The Green Flag Award Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which sets the standard for the management of parks and green spaces. Awards are presented on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status. Other parks in Pendle to receive the award are in Colne, Nelson and Brierfield.

Phil Riley, the council's green spaces manager, said: “It’s thanks to our volunteers and excellent staff that we’ve been able to retain Green Flags in six of our parks. We are indebted to people who volunteer by helping with tree planting, creating wildflower meadows, organising events, litter picking and much more.”