County Durham’s best kept parks and green spaces are up for a national award.

Keep Britain Tidy is asking people across the country to choose their Park of the Year and six County Durham sites are in the running.

Blackhill and Consett Park; Annfield Plain Park; Chester-le-Street Riverside Park; Hardwick Park, Sedgefield; Wharton Park, Durham; and Bishop Auckland Town Recreation Ground are all eligible for the People’s Choice Award as they hold Green Flag Status.

The Green Flag Award recognises excellence and good practice in the management and development of parks and open spaces in England and Wales.

Durham County Council, which oversees the county’s six Green Flag parks, is calling on members of the public to take part in the vote and secure the People’s Choice Award for the county.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “We are very proud of our parks and green spaces here in County Durham.

“The fact that we have six Green Flags is fantastic but it really would be a wonderful achievement if we won Park of the Year.”

People can cast their vote online by visiting www.greenflagaward.org, clicking on County Durham on the interactive map and selecting their favourite park from the list.

Voting closes on Saturday, 30 September and the UK’s 10 most popular parks and green spaces will be announced in October.

For more information about Green Flags in County Durham, visit www.durham.gov.uk/greenflags.

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