Two outdoor spaces in East Renfrewshire have been recognised as among the very best in the country.

Rouken Glen Park and Whitelee Windfarm have been awarded an International Green Flag Award for the 13th and 3rd consecutive year running, respectively.

The accolade acts as a benchmark for clean, safe and well-maintained parks and green spaces.

Councillor Danny Devlin, environment and housing convener, said: “I'm delighted that Rouken Glen has once again been recognised with this award.

“People come from far and wide to spend time in the park and it benefits everyone who uses it.

"From dog walkers to children and families, runners to cyclists, there really is something for everyone.

“The park wouldn’t be what it is without our dedicated staff who maintain and improve it, so huge congratulations and thanks go to our team.”

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Administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Green Flag Award supports the opportunities that our green spaces provide to enable exercise, improve mental wellbeing and provide safe spaces for play.

Winners of the 2023 awards include parks managed by local authorities, community groups, universities and other organisations.

A total of 87 green spaces in Scotland have won a Green Flag Award for 2023.

Across the UK, meanwhile, there were 2,216 winners, a record number and up eight from 2022’s total of 2,208.

Jamie Ormiston, senior awards officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: “Congratulations to our two award-winning parks in East Renfrewshire.

"Every park has a wide range of people visiting them and their requirements can vary.

"What is essential is that they are well maintained and provide a place for people to relax and have fun.

“Our award-winning parks have demonstrated they are worthy winners, meeting the criteria of the coveted international award.

"Receiving this prestigious benchmark recognises all the hard work that has gone into maintaining and managing these precious green open spaces."