A council campaign that raised awareness of the history and popularity of parks has received national recognition.

Lowestoft Town Council's 'Love Parks Week' campaign was honoured at the Keep Britain Tidy network awards which took place in Liverpool last Thursday.

The Love Parks award recognised the efforts made by councils and organisations around the UK to celebrate their green spaces during Love Parks Week in July and August last year.

Lowestoft Town Council's online awareness campaign was shortlisted in the final three from hundreds of nominations, It was eventually won by Southend-On-Sea City Council.

It highlighted the numerous parks around Lowestoft, raising awareness of their history and the care taken by the town council to ensure that the parks can be enjoyed by everyone.

Much of the engagement during the campaign fed into the Neighbourhood Development Plan Open Green Spaces document stakeholder consultation which looks to provide protection for the parks and open spaces.

Lowestoft Journal: Mayor of Lowestoft Alan Green. Picture: Mick HowesMayor of Lowestoft Alan Green. Picture: Mick Howes (Image: Mick Howes)

Alan Green, mayor of Lowestoft, said: "I am delighted that our Love Parks Week campaign has been recognised on a national level.

"As the Town Council, we take great pride in our parks and open spaces across Lowestoft so to see our efforts being publicised nationally is a great achievement that the whole town should be proud of."

A Keep Britain Tidy spokesman said: "Our Network Awards celebrate the most innovative litter, waste and space solutions developed by local authorities, often with the incredible collaboration and contribution of residents."

The town council is currently seeking public comments on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan which includes many parks and open green spaces which are being designated for protection against future development.

The plan can be read online or visit the next drop-in session on February 21, from 10am to noon, with locals encouraged to give feedback on the draft policies.