CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has been presented with six Green Flag awards for its parks and green spaces.

The Green Flag Award Scheme – which recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country – has presented Green Flag Status to Stanney Fields Park, Neston; Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port; Westminster Park, Chester; Helsby Quarry, Helsby, Little Wood, Northwich and Fury Wood, Northwich.

The Green Flag Award is organised by the Keep Britain Tidy consortium and is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.

The scheme, which has been running for 14 years, is designed to encourage high environmental standards and excellence for recreational green spaces.

In 2009/2010, a record number of awards were made, with over 1000 parks and green spaces currently flying a Green Flag or Green Pennant.

Councillor Richard Short, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, said: “This is the first year that Westminster Park in Chester has received the award and I hope that local residents enjoy making the most of natural environments available.”