HILLINGDON has been awarded 60 Green Flag awards for its parks and green spaces - the highest number of any local authority in the country - for the eighth year running.

Last year's tally was 55. Fairway Recreation Ground, Stonefield Park, Field End Recreation Ground, Highgrove Woods and Hale Field Park all received awards for the first time.

Fairway Rec, South Ruislip, now has a seasonal wildflower display to make the park even more attractive.

Stonefield Park, Ruislip, has children's play and outdoor gym equipment, encouraging residents to reap the benefits of exercise.

The borough has also made a number of improvements in Field End Rec, Eastcote, with a new skate park and 5,000 new trees.

Hale Field Park in Yiewsley opened to the public in the summer of 2019 as part of a planning agreement for a Stockley Park development. The derelict land was regenerated by the developer and handed back to the council as public amenity space.

Highgrove Woods, once part of the larger Highgrove estate in Ruislip, consists of a woodland area, grassland and ponds.

The annual Green Flag Awards, run by Keep Britain Tidy, recognises well-managed green spaces and is considered the benchmark national standard for public parks.