A borough's six main parks have retained their Green Flag status, confirming them as among the best in the country.

Burnley's Ightenhill, Memorial, Queen’s, Scott, Thompson and Townley parks were among 2,208 UK winners of the award - an international quality mark for green spaces.

Burnley council’s executive member for community and environmental services, Margaret Lishman, said: “Over the last two years in particular, our parks and green spaces have played a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.

“The news that all our major parks have achieved Green Flag awards is testament to the hard work and dedication of the parks team, and the volunteers and Friends groups, that make the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.”

The Green Flag Award scheme is managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy .