Britain's best parks and open spaces will continue to be rewarded for another five years after the Government announced an extension of the Green Flag Award scheme.
Parks and green spaces minister, Marcus Jones, today said the licence for the award scheme would be extended until 2022.
'I am very happy to confirm that the Green Flag Awards will be continuing, championing Britain’s excellent parks and green spaces and the people behind them,' said Mr Jones.
'These awards are valuable not least because they reward local authorities and communities for their dedication to the great outdoors - and give locals and tourists an easy way to find quality spaces to get outside, exercise and play.'
The awards, which have been going for 20 years, are run by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Government.
Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, Allison Ogden-Newton, said: 'We welcome the extension to the Green Flag Award licence as we know how important the scheme has been in the renaissance of our parks over the past 20 years.'