PARKS in Blackburn, Burnley and Hyndburn have been named among the best in the north west.
Eleven parks in East Lancashire were revealed today as winners of Green Flag Award - the national standard for parks and green spaces.
In Blackburn the winners are Corporation Park, Queens Park, Roe Lee Park and Witton Country Park as well as Sunnyhurst Wood in Darwen.
Burnley's award winners are Padiham Memorial Park, Queen's Park, Scott Park and Thompson Park.
In Hyndburn both Mercer Park in Clayton le Moors and Oakhill Park in Accrington have been given the awards.
Baroness Kay Andrews, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, who announced the winners, said: "I'd like to congratulate all of the Green Flag winners this year.
"The huge rise in winners is yet more evidence that across the country the standard of our parks continues to rise.
"Parks are an oasis of calm and natural beauty and have a vital role to play in our modern lives as places where people come together to relax, exercise and play.
"Green Flags are awarded to the country's best parks but everyone should be able to enjoy great quality parks and green spaces.
"Our ambition is that all communities should benefit from this renaissance and local people have the opportunity to take part in the transformation of their parks. "
A record 538 Green Flag Awards have been awarded to sites across the country.