Five community parks have been recognised as some of the best parks and green spaces in the country.

Verulamium Park, Clarence Park, Bricket Wood Common, Sopwell Nunnery and Hatfield Road Cemetery - all in St Albans - have been given Green Flag awards.

The award is a sign to the public that the space has the highest possible environmental standards, is well maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Verulamium park was also given a Green Heritage Site award.

Hertfordshire County Council portfolio holder for community, leisure and sport, Cllr Anthony Rowlands, said: “I am pleased and delighted that five of our parks and green spaces have received a coveted Green Flag Award.

“We are particularly proud to regain a Green Flag Award for Clarence Park.

“This is testament to the work our team, along with our grounds maintenance contractor John O’Conner, have put in to bring Clarence Park back to its previous high standard.

“Both a Green Flag and a Green Heritage Award for Verulamium Park is wonderful news.

“We are not complacent, however, and will be looking to make improvements in the years ahead. We are working with the Environment Agency and other partners to revitalise the River Ver and enhance the water quality of the artificial lakes in Verulamium Park.”