Parks across Bolton have been awarded high honours, being listed as some of the best across the region and the country.

Queens Park, Longsight Park and Rivington Terraced Gardens have all been recognised at the Green Flag Awards.

The scheme, which is now in its 27th year, recognises the quality of parks and green spaces across three awards: the Green Flag Award, Green Heritage Accreditation and the Green Flag Community Award.

Rivington Terraced Gardens have been awarded both the Green Flag Award, 'the international quality mark for parks and green spaces', and Green Heritage Accreditation, which is awarded for the management of historic features and supported by Historic England. 

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To achieve Green Heritage Site Accreditation, winners have to understand and take action to conserve the heritage value of their site.

Richard Galloway of Rivington Heritage Trust said: “We are extremely proud that the gardens have received this award and accreditation.

"They reflect the quality of the hard work done in recent years by our committed volunteers and the staff from Groundwork, our partner on this project.

"We want to continue to improve the gardens as an amazing place for people to visit and enjoy, with habitats where wildlife and nature can thrive.”

The Bolton News: Queen's ParkQueen's Park (Image: Trevor Massey)

Queens Park in Bolton has also been awarded the Green Flag Award again.

Radcliffe Cemetery, Boothsbank Park in Worsley, Blackleach Country Park in Walkden, Parr Fold Park in Walkden and Clifton Country Park are also flying the flag high.

The Green Flag Community Award is the national award recognising high-quality green spaces managed by voluntary and community groups.

Longsight Park in Bradshaw, run by Friends of Harwood and Longsight Park, has been given the award, having won it before.

Jane Wilcock of Friends of Harwood and Longsight Park said: "This year the community green flag has meant more to the group than ever.

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"We have had issues, now solved with repeated sewage leaks in the park, we have had a lot of work preparing the park for major forthcoming sewage upgrades, vandalism and threats to green spaces around the park.

"We have however upgraded paths and worked to remove Japanese knotweed from the park. It is currently an oasis of wildlife and colour.

"The support of so many local people like ourselves for our green areas is fantastic."