Rooksbury Mill Lake

ROOKSBURY Mill nature reserve on the southern outskirts of Andover is one of the best green spaces in the country according to environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The park is among a recordbreaking 1,447 green spaces that received a prestigious Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy.

The awards recognise the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

This is the fifth consecutive year the nature reserve has received the award.

The record number of awards across the country means more people than ever before will have access to well-managed, quality green space, which is vital to people’s health and wellbeing.

Councillor Tony Ward, portfolio holder for community and leisure, said: “One of our corporate aims is to enhance and preserve our natural and built environment and this award is recognition of the hard work invested in achieving that goal. Test Valley is a stunning place to live and work and I am incredibly proud of the quality of our parks and open spaces.”

Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities.

“They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages.”

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