Ireland ranks number one for the highest number of Green Flag sites.
Four midlands parks have been awarded a Green Flag this year.
The international accreditation, which's operated by An Taisce, recognises high-quality parks and green spaces that are managed in a sustainable way.
Páirc and Phobail in Portlaoise; People's Park, Portarlington; Lloyd Town Park in Tullamore; and Mullingar Town Park have been recognised.
Ireland ranks number one, across the 16 participating counties, for the highest number of Green Flag sites.
An Taisce's Robert Moss explains the types of spaces that are included in the awards: