A country park commemorating the community's history was named the best small attraction in the county.

Leavesden Country Park received the title of small attraction of the year at the Hertfordshire Tourism Awards 2019.

The park received investment from the National Lottery to improve the area with support from Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

They unveiled their new heritage trail, nine sculptures and new play area back in July.

The project commemorated the history of Leavesden including the Leavesden Aerodrome, Rolls Royce factory, Leavesden Film Studios and Leavesden Asylum and Hospitals.

Leader of Three Rivers District Council Cllr Sara Bedford said: “I am delighted the innovation and hard work of Three Rivers, its partners and the local community have secured this award.

“Three Rivers is a great place to live in and parks such as Leavesden make a huge contribution to people’s quality of life.”

The award recognises the value of tourism in Hertfordshire and its importance in improving people’s quality of life and the county’s economy.

The park was assessed when a mystery shopper made a visit to experience the park.

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Ghosts in the machine.

They said the heritage trail was interesting and informative and praised the play area and cafe.

The park will be in the finals of Visit England’s National Awards for Excellence in June 2020.

Lead member for leisure Cllr Chris Lloyd said: “I am very proud we have won.

“This is a great achievement from a District Council. Leavesden Country Park really does have something for everyone to enjoy.”

The park also received the Herts Sports Partnership Award for Profession Community Project of the Year.

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The remembrance garden. Photo: Three Rivers.