Keep Britain Tidy has announced that Youngs Park in Paignton and Tessier Gardens, Torquay have retained their Green Flag Awards.
The Green Flag Awards for parks and green spaces are similar to the Blue Flag Awards for beaches, and are handed out annually by the Green Flag Partnership, which is made up of Keep Britain Tidy, Greenspace and British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Parks needs to reach nationally laid down standards for their facilities, safety, cleanliness, maintenance, conservation, and care of historic heritage. They are also judged on how well they are promoted and how people are encouraged to use them.
The award is the seventh in a row for the small and beautiful Tessier Gardens, which was a gift to the town in 1933 by Mrs H.A. Tessier. It follows extensive consultation with residents in 2007 to find out what improvements they wanted to see. As a result, the benches and shelters were refurbished and a new metal pergola was installed in the gardens.
This is the fourth award in a row for Youngs Park, which has had a vast amount of works completed thanks to the Youngs Park People and the Goodrington Action Group. The council has worked with the groups to produce a management plan for the park. The groups also worked extremely hard to maintain the conservation area and the many flower beds around the park.
Executive Lead for Tourism and Harbours, Cllr Jeanette Richards said:
"This is an amazing achievement and really speaks volumes about the hard work that has been put in by members of staff, local residents and Friends Groups to create clean, safe and green environments that people can enjoy and be proud of.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their dedication and hard work. Maintaining our parks and gardens has never been so important as the recession bites and people look closer to home to enjoy the outdoors."
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: "We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.
"A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.
"Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before."