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Love Poole's Award Winning Parks

There's no better time to celebrate Poole's beautiful open spaces with three Green Flags awarded during this year's Love Parks Week.

Upton Country Park, Poole Park and Hamworthy Park are among 1,582 parks and other open spaces nationwide awarded the sought after status, recognising them as some of the best in England and Wales.

Green Flag 2015
This year marks the tenth time Upton Country Park has received Green Flag status, Poole Park's eighth time and sixth for Hamworthy Park.

The announcement this year comes in the same week as people are encouraged to celebrate the borough's fantastic green spaces and the people who help bring them to life during Love Parks Week.

A host of events and activities for all the family are on offer from Friday 24 July until Sunday 2 August. Taking place across the borough there is something for everyone, from health walks across beautiful heathlands, to country shows and story trails. Explore somewhere new by bike or make new friends at a community BBQ, this is the perfect opportunity to get out and about in Poole.

Poole Park closes this year's showcase on Sunday 2 August with a wonderful family fun day celebrating its big 125th anniversary.

Cllr John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment, Borough of Poole, said: "We are extremely proud of the variety and quality of open spaces across Poole and with this year's Green Flag awards coinciding with events for Love Parks Week, there really is no better time to celebrate these areas as well as the extensive work of volunteers and council staff to ensure they remain places for residents and visitors to enjoy all year round."

The Green Flag awards scheme is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Department of Communities and Local Government. Each site is assessed against eight strict criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness and community involvement.

Both Upton Country Park and Poole Park boast more than 100 acres of parkland as well as salt-water lakes at Poole and woodlands at Upton, while Hamworthy Park offers 27 acres of parkland, a popular paddling pool and spectacular views from its beachside location.

All three parks benefit from a wealth of support and community involvement from voluntary groups the Friends of Hamworthy Park, the Friends of Poole Park and the Friends of Upton Country Park who help raise funds, as well as a number of other activities helping to improve, protect and promote the parks. The council's contractor Continental Landscapes also supports the maintenance of each area alongside council staff.

The parks are open all year round and free to the public to visit and enjoy.

For a full list of Love Parks Week events and many more visit pooleprojects.net and uptoncountrypark.com, or for more information about parks and open spaces in Poole visit poole.gov.uk.