GREEN Flag accreditation has been awarded to parks and open spaces in Gillingham, which have been described as “a lifeline” throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, Gillingham was awarded the status to recognise the town’s management and practice of these public areas.

Mayor of Gillingham Barry Von Clemens said: “We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our open spaces to such a high standard.”

Reflecting on the success of the town, Keep Britain Tidy chief executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, added: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

"It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Gillingham Town Council has achieved the highest international standards by the Green Flag Award.”