Two Kirkcaldy parks and one in Aberdour are among those to have won the prestigious Green Flag Award for 2014.
The award, which has been presented to Beveridge, Ravenscraig and Hawkcraig and Silver Sands parks, stands as a benchmark for a quality green space, administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful.
This is the fifth year that the award has been given to Beveridge Park, while Ravenscraig and Hawkcraig and Silver Sands have received it for the second year, having first achieved the Green Flag Award last year. Letham Glen in Leven was the only other Fife park to receive the award.
Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This is great news for Fife, with all the Kingdom’s parks holding on to their Green Flags.
“All these parks make for a fantastic day out for all the family and they have worked hard to win their award.
“We’re very proud of all of our award winners, and particularly of the army of local volunteers who work all year round in rain or shine to make Fife’s parks beautiful.”
Councillor Gavin Yates, Fife Council’s executive spokesman for community health and wellbeing, said: “Fife has fantastic parks and green spaces and we’re are delighted to have retained Green Flag recognition for two of our parks in Kirkcaldy as well as for Silver Sands and Hawkcraig and Letham Glen too.
“These awards are a great endorsement of the work of Council staff and friends groups across the Kingdom and I hope Fifers young and old will take a trip to appreciate some of our wonderful parks during the summer - weather permitting of course!”
To be in the running for the Green Flag Award, parks across the country are assessed by volunteer judges who usually have a background in parks management, conservation or ecology. They judge against eight criteria.
David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, congratulated those involved.
He said: “Maintaining the high standards required in achieving the same excellent benchmark and securing a safe and clean environment for the community, is a reflection of the commitment and hard work that has been put in over the past year, not only by the Area Parks Team Leader Scott Clelland but by the staff and community volunteers.”