THREE Torbay parks have retained Green Flags for their quality — with a little help from their friends.
Cockington Country Park in Torquay, Youngs Park in Goodrington and Tessier Gardens, Torquay, are among a record-breaking 1,447 parks and green spaces which have received a prestigious Green Flag Award this year.
The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Cockington Country Park is managed by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust.
Chris Lingard, countryside manager for the trust, said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the 17th year running.
"This award recognises and highlights that people in Torbay are benefiting from a green space of the very highest quality.
"It is also a testament to the trust staff, volunteers and Friends of Cockington who work hard all year round to maintain this beautiful site."
The award is the seventh in a row for the small and beautiful Tessier Gardens and the fourth award in a row for Youngs Park, which has had a vast amount of works completed thanks to the Young's Park People and the Goodrington Action Group.
Torbay Council has worked with the groups to produce a management plan for 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."