AN ANDOVER park is one of three in Test Valley to have won a coveted national prize from UK charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Rooksbury Mill in Andover, alongside Romsey’s War Memorial Park,and Valley Park have all received a Green Flag Award. The scheme, which is celebrating 25 years, announced the 2021 awards last month.

Keeping in touch with nature remains a part of many people’s everyday life. Now, the importance of taking a break and enjoying a change of scenery, even if it’s a simple walk through the park to notice the colours of the leaves changing, is recognised. More than ever before, communities are making the most of what’s on their doorstep.

Cllr Alison Johnston, Test Valley Borough Council’s climate change and countryside portfolio holder, said: “Access to high quality, diverse open spaces and Nature plays such an important part of our wellbeing, and we are all aware of how fortunate we are to have beautiful green space in which to reflect, exercise, explore and be with our friends and family.”

“Our parks are a haven not just for us but a home for our local wildlife too. These awards are a testament to officers at the council who work tirelessly to ensure our green spaces are looked after and protected throughout the year, working with nature to release its full potential.”

Cllr David Drew, added: “Yet again, green spaces in the borough managed by the council have been acknowledged by Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Awards.

“The borough’s green spaces are truly spectacular. The council prioritises time and funds to ensure that these spaces are carefully maintained.”