Two of Hart District Council’s countryside sites have been named as among the best in Britain.

Hartley Wintney Central Commons and Elvetham Heath Local Nature Reserve have been awarded Green Flag status by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

A Green Flag recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

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

It is the fourth year both parks have won the prestigious award.

The sites, managed by Hart District Council’s Countryside Service team in partnership with Basingstoke and Dean Grounds Maintenance and Street Care team, Hartley Wintney Parish Council and Elvetham Heath Parish Council, are among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that have received a Green Flag Award nationally this year.

Cllr Anne Crampton, Hart District Council’s cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the fourth year from Keep Britain Tidy.

“This award recognises and highlights that people in Hart district are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality, positively enhancing their health and wellbeing.”

Carl Westby, Hart’s head of leisure and environmental promotion, added: “We are absolutely delighted to receive these Green Flag Awards once again.

“Hart District Council and our partners work hard to manage these beautiful areas, not only for wildlife, but to ensure our green spaces are maintained to a high standard for the enjoyment of the whole community.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said the charity was delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy,” he said.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”