The Shanklin team with their latest Green Flag. Pictured, from left, are Bridget Biddlecombe, Jon Gilbey, Val Bail and Richard Priest.
TWO areas on the Isle of Wight have retained the prestigious Green Flag Award for their well-kept open spaces.
Shanklin Voluntary Youth and Community Centre (SVYCC) secured its sixth award in a row for litter picking in and around the centre, and the library and railway station.
Meanwhile, the Play Lane Millennium Green, in Ryde, won an award for a second year.
The national awards are run by the environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy.
The charity has been operating for 60 years and runs initiatives on keeping the nation’s parks, beaches and rivers clean.
SVYCC co-leader, Bridget Biddlecombe, said: "We would like to thank all of the volunteers for making this possible, and for the work of the Green Town Initiative Volunteers for keeping Shanklin green, and for litter picking in areas of outstanding natural beauty."
The Play Lane Millennium Green held a special flag-raising ceremony to celebrate its achievement for excellent facilities and maintaining them to the highest standard.
Trust secretary, Pam Sim, said: "We’re thrilled to receive this award again. It recognises the year-round hard work put into the Green by the trustees and other volunteers for the benefit of the public."