RUTLAND landmarks have retained their coveted Green Flag status for being among the best parks in the country.
For a second year running Rutland Water has been awarded the Green Flag Award, which indicates to visitors that the park is well maintained and well managed with excellent facilities.
Green flags will be flown at carparks around the reservoir to mark its status.
The first flag was raised on Tuesday at the visitor centre at Sykes Lane in the presence of the High Sheriff of Rutland, Bart Hellyer.
Kevin Appleton, visitor operations manager at Anglian Water, said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve been awarded the Green Flag for a second year.
“The success of the reservoir is a joint effort and we are delighted to share this award with the people who work alongside our staff to make it special. They include our partners in the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, the sailing club, watersports centre and all the local businesses who do so much to enhance the park.
“People in Rutland can be rightly proud that their county has a truly first class visitor attraction.”
Cutts Close in Oakham also retained its Green Flag status.
Coun Adam Lowe, chairman Oakham Town Council’s planning and parks committee, said: “This is a great achievement for both the people of Oakham and for Oakham Town Council.
“There has been a great deal of work behind the scenes to ensure that the Green Flag Status was retained and I am grateful to officers of the council for their efforts.”
Nationally, more than 1,400 parks and green spaces will fly the flag.