A BOROUGH’S six main parks have been given a national quality award.

The open spaces owned by Burnley Council have again won Green Flag Park status.

The awards has been given to Towneley, Thompson, Queen's, Scott, Ightenhill and Padiham Memorial parks Green Flags are awarded to parks that meet a standard which is assessed by judges covering eight criteria which include standards of maintenance, community involvement, environmental management and care of the heritage.

Burnley was one of the first council’s in the UK to take part in the scheme and won its first Green Flag for Thompson Park in 1999.

Cllr Margaret Lishman, the council’s executive member for health and wellbeing said: “ I am delighted. It’s thanks to the hard work of staff who maintain our parks and the brilliant support from the park friends groups.”