Four parks and open spaces in the borough have been named among the best in the country.
Killingworth Lakeside Park, The Rising Sun Country Park, Benton Quarry Park and Marden Quarry Park have all been awarded prestigious Green Flag Awards.
It is the eighth year in a row that the Rising Sun Country Park has achieved the status while it is the first year that Killingworth Lakeside Park has been recognised.
Marden Quarry Park received the award for the first time last year and Benton Quarry Park has received the award for three years.
Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The Green Flag is a national hallmark in quality so I’m extremely proud that we have achieved that status for four of our beautiful parks and open spaces.
“The awards reflect the high standards of maintenance and hard work by the council team and the involvement of local communities and the Friends’ groups who help our parks look so good.”
A spokesperson for the Friends of Killingworth Lake said: “We are pleased to know that our efforts over the past 18 months have been recognised, and that this award will instil pride in the park for the whole community.”