CHISWELL, Portland's oldest settlement, has joined the list of best community-managed green spaces and has been awarded a Green Pennant for its Chiswell Earthworks and Chiswell Walled Garden.

This is one of a record 72 green spaces which have been rewarded with a Green Pennant, the highest national accolade for sites managed by voluntary and community groups.

The Earthworks at West Weares, is a land sculpture created by John Maine RA, between 1986 and 1993.

The terraces of Portland stone walling extend over an acre of undulating turf on Dorset's Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage site.

The land sculpture is maintained by the Chiswell Community Trust which holds community events on this unique site.

Chiswell Walled Garden stands in the middle of the village's main street and is a Doorstep Green, one of the Countryside Agency's prestigious projects created out of the ruins of 17th Century stone cottages.

The garden is a secluded and tranquil spot, featuring mostly climbing plants and others which can survive in the tough environment of Chesil Beach. It is used extensively for educational purposes and also opens under the National Garden Scheme.

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award scheme application manager, said: "The increasing number of Green Pennant Award winners highlights the important role they play in bringing people together and improving their quality of life and congratulations are due to the volunteers whose hard work and dedication has brought this award of excellence."