THE work carried out to keep Colchester’s Castle Park up to scratch has been recognised as the best in the country.

Veolia, the contractor hired by Colchester Castle, has been awarded the principal winner in the British Association of Landscape Industries awards in the grounds maintenance of public grounds category.

Judges ruled the work carried out by Veolia was superior to Regents Park and Thames Barrier Park in London, and Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon.