Cassiobury Park has been voted one of the top ten parks after thousands of people took part in a vote to find the country's best loved green and open spaces.

Keep Britain Tidy awarded a record-breaking 2,127 Green Flag Awards to the nation’s best-managed parks and green spaces this year - but the environmental charity wanted the public to let them know which was their favourite.

After 32,000 votes were polled altogether, Watford's biggest park ranked as one of the most popular, coming in the top 10.

Oxhey Park finished just outside the top 10 in 12th position with Oxhey Activity Park coming 14th.

Watford Observer: Cassiobury Park. Credit: Watford Borough CouncilCassiobury Park. Credit: Watford Borough Council

Watford mayor Peter Taylor said: "Cassiobury is the jewel in Watford’s crown – an amazing beauty spot with a lot of history behind it.

"The park has met the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award and this recognition is an acknowledgement of the hard work of the teams that make them such great places. It’s also great to see Oxhey Park and Oxhey Activity Park recognised as well."

This year, Watford Borough Council and its environmental partner were awarded a Hertfordshire high 17 Green Flag awards.

Watford Observer: Oxhey Activity Park. Credit: Watford Borough CouncilOxhey Activity Park. Credit: Watford Borough Council

Veolia contract manager Nick Graham said: "We are delighted that Cassiobury Park has been named one of the nation’s favourite parks. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our hard working staff, who work year round to keep Watford’s open spaces clean, safe and accessible to all."