Corby has won national recognition for one of its beauty spots.
Thoroughsale and Hazel Woods has received the Green Flag Award, given to well-managed, high-quality green spaces that are accessible to the public.
Corby Council has been working with other organisations to transform the woodland, in the centre of the town, into a safe, attractive and well-managed green asset for the community and to conserve its wildlife.
It is managed by the council and the Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazel Wood Group, which is made up of more than 30 volunteers.
The woodland has seen many improvements and in March 2011, a huge area was coppiced with the help of volunteers, pupils, an adult special needs group and people involved in further education.
Everyone involved is dedicated to preserving the woodland and they continue to carry out a range of conservation projects.
Corby Council’s lead member for environment, Cllr Peter McEwan, said: “Winning the Green Flag Award is great recognition for all of the volunteers and groups that have put their time and effort into helping the council restore the woodland and make it a more open and attractive green space for everyone to enjoy.
“We would like to thank all of our volunteers, especially the Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazel Woods, who help us daily to tidy and maintain the area.
“Corby’s woodland is unique to the borough and it has been very important to us to include these areas in the town’s regeneration plans. Through our woodland management plan we have been able to successfully incorporate the Thoroughsale and Hazel Woods into our Parkland Gateway project and it now stands as a key part of the development.”
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award scheme manager, said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.
“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.”