THREE Test Valley parks have won a coveted national prize from charity Keen Britain Tidy.

Romsey’s War Memorial Park, Rooksbury Mill in Andover and Valley Park have all been named Green Flag Award winners.

The scheme, which is celebrating 25 years as the international quality mark for parks, announced the 2021 awards last month.

Borough councillor Alison Johnston said: “Access to high quality, diverse open spaces and nature plays such an important part of our wellbeing, and we are all aware of how fortunate we are to have beautiful green space in which to reflect, exercise, explore, appreciate and be with our friends and family.

"Our parks are a haven not just for us but a home for our local wildlife too. These awards are a testament to officers at the council who work tirelessly to ensure our green spaces are looked after and protected throughout the year, working with nature to release its full potential."

Test Valley Borough Council believes green spaces have been of significant importance to residents and visitors due to lockdowns.

"Yet again, green spaces in the borough managed by the council have been acknowledged by Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Awards," said David Drew.

“The borough’s green spaces are truly spectacular. The council prioritises time and funds to ensure that these spaces are carefully maintained.”