Another eight parks and green spaces have achieved Green Flag status.

Four spaces in Three Rivers district and four in Bushey join 12 parks across Watford which have been recognised for high environmental, maintenance and visitor standards.

The Green Flag award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the UK and around the world.

South Oxhey Playing Fields has been recognised with a Green Flag for the first time, joining Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Leavesden Country Park, and Chorleywood House Estate, which all retained its Green Flag status.

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Wooden Wonder Heritage Trail at Leavesden Country Park

Cllr Sarah Nelmes, leader of Three Rivers District Council, said: "Our local green spaces are vital for our health and well-being, especially during these challenging times.

"These awards are testament to the dedication and hard work of our parks staff who keep our green spaces looking so attractive all year round."

A total of seven parks have achieved Green Flag status in Hertsmere, including four in Bushey.

These are King George Recreation Ground, which has received the accolade 22 years now, Bushey Rose Garden, and Mary Forsdyke Garden and Warren Lake in Bushey Heath.

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Bushey Rose Garden

Fishers Field Nature Reserve in Bushey received a Green Flag community award for the twelfth time in recognition of work carried out by volunteers who manage the site in partnership with Hertsmere Borough Council.

Councillor Seamus Quilty, portfolio holder for environment, said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive these Green Flag Awards for yet another year.

"We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, especially during the pandemic, when our parks and open spaces have become a haven for residents during the lockdown for exercise, escape and relaxation."

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Cllr Quilty added: "This award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks and open spaces to such a high standard.

"We would not have this kind of success without the hard work and dedication of our parks team and our grounds maintenance contractor John O'Conner Ground Maintenance Limited.

"I would also like to give a special mention to our friends groups. The contribution of our volunteers is particularly important and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in Borehamwood Four Parks Friends Group, Friends of Bushey Rose Garden, Friends of Fishers Field, Friends of King George and Warren Estate Residents Association."

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Cassiobury Park

Twelve parks and spaces in Watford were awarded Green Flag status - the most of any district in Hertfordshire.

These are Cassiobury Park, Oxhey Park, Callowland Recreation Ground, Harebreaks Recreation Ground, Cheslyn House & Gardens, Orchard Park, Woodside Playing Fields, Waterfields Recreation Ground, St Mary’s Churchyard, Goodwood Recreation Ground, Paddock Road Allotments, and North Watford Cemetery.

Read more: These are Watford's 12 award-winning parks and open spaces