The standard of playing fields across the Burnham-On-Sea area has this week been praised during a ceremony to recognise the best play facilities in Somerset.

Members of the Somerset County Playing Fields Association named the county’s top playing fields during their AGM when a series of awards was announced.

Dozens of representatives from parish councils across Somerset attended Thursday’s event, which was held in Woolavington.

The awards were presented by the Chairman of the Association, Councillor Dave Durdan, who is also Taunton’s Mayor this year.

Mike Schollar of Mark Parish Council, pictured above, received the June Wood Cup for best Play Area.

“Mark Parish Council retained the trophy they won last year despite fierce competition from a number of excellent entries across the region. The judges praised the play area for its overall quality,” said a spokesman.

The judges also rated New Road playing field in East Huntspill as one of the most improved playing fields in Somerset and it came third in the overall Playing Field Category. Kathryn Cooke of East Huntspill Parish Council, right, received the award.

Berrow Parish Council did well too. Berrow Village Green came a very close second to Mark in the play area category while the Red Road Playing Field also received a Highly Commended certificate.

In the play areas category, the winners were: 1 Mark Parish Council – Vole Road Play Area; 2 Berrow Village Green; 3= Dunster Packhorse Playing Field; 3= Dulverton – Barns Close Play Area; HC Dulverton – Kings Corner Play Area; HC Street – Victoria Field; HC Butleigh – Holm Oak Play Area; and HC Woolavington – Lower Playing Field.

In the playing fields category, the winners were: 1 Somerton Recreation Ground; 2 Churchill Ladymeade Lane Playing Field; 3= Wedmore Playing Field; 3= East Huntspill Playing Field – New Road; Highly Commended (HC) Cossington – QE II, RM Smith Field, Brent Road; HC Butleigh Backtown Playing Field; HC Queen Camel Playing Field; HC Seavington Playing Field; HC Hatch Beauchamp – Lady Alice Gore Memorial Grounds; HC Norton Fitzwarren Football Field; HC Milverton Recreation Ground; HC Dulverton Sportsfield; HC Allerford & Selworthy; HC Nether Stowey Playing Field; HC Failand & Portbury Cricket Club; and HC Berrow Red Road Playing Field.