A RUBERY park has been awarded a prestigious accolade for green outdoor spaces.

Waseley Hills Country Park has been commended with a Green Flag Award – an international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

Worcester Woods Country Park and St Wulstan’s Local Nature Reserve in Malvern have also received the award.

Councillor Matt Dormer, cabinet member with responsibility for communities at Worcestershire County Council said, “I am thrilled to hear that three of our countryside sites have earned the Green Flag Award.

“We are really proud of our countryside sites and to have three awards is fantastic recognition of all the work that goes into making these spaces thrive environmentally and as great places to visit.

“I want to thank all the staff and volunteers who look after our green spaces and continue to support the wonderful countryside in Worcestershire.”

Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that these sites have high standards of horticulture, health and safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”

The Green Flag Award scheme is managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.