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Three public gardens in Weymouth and Portland are among the very best in Britain.

Portland’s Easton Gardens and Weymouth’s Sandsfoot and Greenhill Gardens have all won prestigious Green Flag awards.

The awards, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognise and reward the best parks, gardens and green spaces across the country.

The three award-winning gardens are all maintained by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.

Cllr Ian Bruce, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Community Facilities Briefholder, said: “We are lucky in Weymouth and Portland to have such a wealth of lovely gardens. It is great news that three of our gardens have been recognised as outstanding.

“A lot of work is carried out by community groups to help make the gardens such fantastic places for everyone to enjoy. I’d like to thank Easton Community Group, the Friends of Greenhill Gardens and the Friends of the Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Gardens for all their hard work.”

June Morley, Secretary of Easton Community Group, said: “The gardens are wonderful, they are a place for everyone to enjoy. The community come out and support us whatever the weather and this is for all of us, we’ve all earned it. It is our summer fete on 9 August so if you can, please come along and join us for a lovely day at Easton Gardens.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager from Keep Britain Tidy, said: “We are 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 teams, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.

“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.”

All three gardens have great facilities. Easton Gardens has mature trees, a play area and toilets, Greenhill Gardens, by Weymouth Seafront, has a putting green, bowling green, tennis courts, cafes and toilets. Sandsfoot Gardens has a café, toilets and the remains of a Tudor castle in its grounds.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]