11 parks in the city, including St Andrews Park, Ashton Court and Blaise Castle Estates, The Downs, Netham Park, St Paul's Park and Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve have successfully retained their 'Green Flag' awards.

The Green Flag award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. The aim of the award is to encourage local authorities to work with communities and parks groups to achieve high standards.

Gary Hopkins, city councillor in charge of environment and community safety said: "The 11 Green Flags for Bristol parks are testament to the excellent partnership work that takes place between the council, our contractors and parks groups across the city."

"This year for the first time, we are seeing parks in south Bristol achieving Green Flag status. Official, national recognition that our parks across the city are reaching – and maintaining – the highest standards is certainly something to celebrate."

For more information about St Andrews Park and photos showing its seasonal changes and wildlife see:

http://friendsofstandrewspark.ning.com/