SIX parks in Oxford have been named among the best green spaces in Britain.

Blackbird Leys, Bury Knowle, Cutteslowe & Sunnymead, Florence and Hinksey parks and St Sepulchre Cemetery all retained Green Flag awards, which recognise the best parks and green spaces across the country.

It is an extra special achievement for Florence and Hinksey parks, who have both held the honour for ten years.

A Green Flag is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

This year marks the annual award's 20th anniversary, with the six parks among a record-breaking total of 1,883 green spaces across the UK to receive Green Flags.

Councillor Louise Upton, executive board member for Healthy Oxford, said: “These awards are evidence of the hard work that the City Council’s parks team puts in every day to maintain and improve the sites.

"Oxford is also very lucky to have committed groups of volunteers from the local community who are crucial to keeping many of our green spaces in such good condition.

"Oxford’s parks and open spaces are a great place to visit throughout the year, whether it’s to have a picnic, use the play areas, see the beautiful flora and fauna, play sports or just read a book.”