A CROP of Solihull parks have been judged among the best in the country after receiving Green Flag status.
The prestigious award has been given to six green spaces - Malvern and Brueton, Shirley, Knowle, Elmdon, Lavender Hall and Dorridge.
Representatives from Solihull Council and park support groups travelled to an awards ceremony in Bournemouth to collect the accolades.
Coun Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services, said: “To receive six Green Flag awards is a significant achievement and something everyone in Solihull can be proud of.
“I would like to encourage everyone to make the most of the wonderful outdoor spaces we have in the borough.”
Phil Barton, from Keep Britain Tidy said: “I would like to congratulate this year’s winners, who have worked hard throughout the year to keep their parks to a high standard and ensure they are pleasant and enjoyable spaces for the whole community.”
The borough now has the second highest number of Green Flag parks in the West Midlands.
Although all the Green Flag parks are in the south of the borough, Meriden Park - in Chelmsley Wood - narrowly missed out on achieving the status.
To find out more about Solihull parks go to www.solihull.gov.uk/parks. Or go to www.greenflagaward.org.uk to read more about the awards.