BOLTON’S recently-restored Queens Park has been hailed as one of the best green open spaces in the UK with a Green Flag award.

The accolade from Keep Britain Tidy recognises it meets the highest standards.

Cllr Adele Warren, Bolton Council's environment boss, said: "This is the fourth consecutive year that Queens Park has been awarded a Green Flag, a remarkable achievement by everyone involved."

Colliers Corner in Atherton also received a Green Flag.

Cllr Warren added:"Queens Park plays a central role in some of Bolton’s most popular events, most recently on Sunday when thousands of spectators cheered on the Ironman athletes.

“Quality green spaces have a positive impact on everyone’s health and wellbeing and we are delighted it has been recognised as one of the best in the country.”

Queens Park, which opened in May 1866, is one of Bolton’s oldest parks.

The grade II listed park was restored between 2010 and 2016 with help from a £4.3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and additional funding from Bolton Council.

Colliers Corner is managed by Atherton Environmental Projects and The Garden Arms Bowling Club.