ABBEY Gardens in Abingdon has been judged one of the best parks in the country after it was awarded Green Flag status for the third year in a row.

The gardens which are owned and maintained by Vale of White Horse District Council, first scooped the Green Flag Award in 2009 following a five-year restoration project to transform the site to how it looked in its Victorian heyday.

The Green Flag is a national award that recognises parks that are well maintained and managed with excellent facilities.

Councillor Reg Waite said: “I am delighted Abbey Gardens has once again received this national accolade.

“Council staff and contractors work very hard to keep these attractive grounds in great condition so they can be enjoyed by residents of the district and visitors. This award is something to be proud of.”