A terrific ten parks across Solihull have received the coveted Green Flag Award.
Babbs Mill, Dorridge, Elmdon, Hillfield, Knowle, Lavender Hall, Malvern and Brueton, Meriden, Shirley and Tudor Grange have been awarded the status by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
The awards recognise Britain’s best kept open spaces, with a record-breaking 95 sites across the West Midlands receiving the honour.
Across the region, only Birmingham has more green flags than the borough - there are 11 in the second city. However the neighbouring authority is of course much bigger than Solihull.
Paul Todd, from Keep Britain Tidy, singled out the Midlands for particular praise when the winners were unveiled on Monday.
“It is fantastic that the West Midlands now boasts 95 winning sites – meaning more people than ever before in the region can play, relax and enjoy quality green space on their doorstep.
“The parks sector is facing some tough challenges, particularly with the cuts that local authorities are implementing, so it is heartening to see that they are committed to maintaining and improving standards in our nation’s green space.”