Southampton parks named as some of the best in Britain

More parks and green spaces than ever will be flying the Green Flag Award this year and four of the best are in Southampton

City ParksHinkler Green, Riverside Park, St. James Park and Central Parks have all been identified as some of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

The parks are among 1,686 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

The four parks entered this year all have their own unique characteristics, from a local village green through to a large formal Victorian park. They provide a snapshot of the quality of the parks in Southampton and do credit to the parks staff and all the hard working volunteer and Friends groups who are involved with them.