A COUNCIL boss has vowed to get more of its open spaces ready to win 'Green Flags' after its only winner of the coveted award secured it for the send year running.

Stubbylee and Moorland Park in Bacup has retained the accolade after winning it last year.

Rossendale Council's resources boss Cllr Andrew Walmsley said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have secured Green Flag status for Stubbylee and Moorlands again.

"Our outdoor spaces staff and volunteers work incredibly hard to maintain the high standards demanded to achieve the Green Flag Award and I’m really proud of all the community groups, councillors and officers that form the Stubbylee and Moorlands masterplan group - who over the last decade have been a driving force in bringing improvements to the park.

“Stubbylee and Moorlands is a jewel in crown of Rossendale parks, and we’re working hard to achieve the Green Flag Award for more of our parks across Rossendale.”

Rossendale Council's health champion Cllr Barbara Ashworth said: “The benefit for our mental and physical health of being outdoors is well documented. To be lucky enough to have a great park and play area for everyone to enjoy right on our doorstep is just fantastic, and we’re all extremely proud of what’s been achieved at Stubbylee and Moorlands Park.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager Paul Todd said: “Stubbylee and Moorland Park is a much loved and vital green space for the community."

Neighbouring Hyndburn has 10 Green Flag winning parks.