STAFF at a Cradley Heath park are celebrating after it scooped a coveted Green Flag for the eighth time.

Haden Hill Park has now won the award more times than any other Sandwell park.

The top of the open spaces league venue was also granted the Green Heritage Award for the fifth year - making it one of only 51 winners nationally.

It is part of the Green Flag Award but centres on parks of historical importance.

Sandwell Mayor Councillor Keith Davies said: "One of the most important factors with Haden Hill Park is that there is a very strong, active and committed friends group "These are people who give their free time to help at community events, raising money and helping with various projects in the park.

"Currently the park is staging a series of bat walks and earlier this year 430 trees were planted as part of the Woodland Trust's Jubilee Woods Project."

Park staff work with local primary schools providing outdoor learning, including pond dipping, bug hunting, nature walks and tree planting.

They also work with Sandwell Museums Service to deliver activities and community events.

Other parks in the borough which scooped Green Flag status include Barnford Park in Oldbury.