LOCHORE Meadows has been crowned the best kept 'urban park' in the UK, according to a new study.

DTW Tools carried out the research by analysing TripAdvisor data from 100 of the UK's biggest parks and gardens.

It found the Meedies to have the most mentions of keyword terms associated with cleanliness and landscaping.

The firm's researchers tallied up mentions of positive keyword terms such as “well-maintained”, “unspoiled”, “tidy” and “clean”.

They also recorded the number of mentions of keywords with negative connotations, such as “litter”, “mess” and “untidy”.

Lochore Meadows Country Park ranked highest as the best-kept park in the UK.

The family-friendly tourist attraction received 145 reviews, 17 per cent of which used words associated with cleanliness such as “well maintained”, “unspoiled”, “tidy” and “clean”.

Only 2 per cent of reviews included words with negative connotations, such as “litter”, “mess”, and “untidy”.

Luna Williams, on behalf of DTW Tools, commented: “Picturesque Lochore Meadows Country Park, located just two miles from Lochgelly, scored highest in our ranking of the best-maintained parks in the UK.

"Boasting an impressive variety of landscapes, visitors can enjoy fishing, golf and birdwatching, or simply meander through tranquil green space.

"One Trip Advisor user named Lochore Meadows Park a “hidden gem”.

"With a loch at its heart, (it) is brimming with wildflower-strewn fields, ancient woodland, and pristine pools. There’s even a playpark - perfect for a family day out!

"It is a great destination for water sports fanatics, offering open water swimming, paddle sports, and sailing.

"Once at the heart of Fife’s coalfields, Lochore Meadows now encompasses an impressive 1,200 acres.

"The ruins of Lochore Castle and the remains of the Mary Pit coal workings are also situated within park grounds and are open to the public throughout the year.

"Once located on the evocatively named “Isle of Strangers”, Lochore Castle, which was built during the 12th century, is thought to have once been one of Fife’s strongest castles.

"Excavation work has led to the discovery of French medieval pottery, a carved stone shot-hole, and fine glass."