PARKS across Solihull have secured another green sweep of awards.
A total of 16 parks and green spaces received Green Flag Awards – with Damson Lane Park being welcomed to the list this year.
The status is awarded to those sites which have made the grade across a range of criteria, including safety, access and community involvement.
Work to ensure the area is well-maintained and make visitors feel welcome is also taken into account by the judges.
Coun Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for the environment and highways, said: “Solihull’s motto is Urbs in Rure – the town in the countryside – and our latest Green Flag reinforces our commitment to the environment and green spaces.
“Damson Lane Park’s success is largely down to the hard work of the Friends of Damson Park.
“The group has raised funds for park improvements – including a new footpath around the park, outdoor gym equipment and play facilities – and they also organise an annual dog show.
“This year we have successfully held on to our existing 15 Green Flags and can now welcome Damson Lane Park to our Green Flag family.
“I’m tremendously proud of all the staff and voluntary groups who have worked so hard to make this possible.”
The 15 other sites are: Babb’s Mill Park in Kingshurst, Bentley Heath Park, Brueton and Malvern Park in Solihull, Dorridge Park, Elmdon Park, Hillfield Park and Local Nature Reserve in Monkspath, Knowle Park, Jubilee Park in Lyndon, Lavender Hall Park in Balsall Common, Meriden Park in Chelmsley Wood, Palmers Rough Local Nature Reserve in Shirley, Shirley Park, Robin Hood Cemetery in Shirley, Tudor Grange Park in Solihull and Woodlands Cemetery in Coleshill.