A volunteer group formed in 2004 and working with Nottingham City Council to improve and protect the woods

Keep Britain Tidy has announced a record-breaking number of award-winning parks and green spaces for 2014.

Colwick Woods is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

The local nature reserve is among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.

The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, 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 has excellent facilities. Our flag is on order and will be put up soon.

Chair Richard Brown said “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the first time from Keep Britain Tidy.

“This Award recognises and highlights that people in Nottingham are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd 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 managers, 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.”