A COUNTRY park near Petersfield has been voted one of the best in Britain. Queen Elizabeth Country Park has been awarded a green flag by Keep Britain Tidy for the ninth year. "We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag," said park manager Tim Speller. "This award recognises and highlights that people in the area are benefiting from a green space of the highest quality." The park south of Petersfield, which has more than 2,000 acres of open access, woodland and downland to explore on foot or by cycle routes, is among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces to receive a prestigious green flag in the UK. The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained, and has excellent facilities. "A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy," said Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy's Green Flag Award manager. "Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that's why it's so significant that we've given out more awards than ever."