A pupil has won a poster design competition to promote parks being smoke-free zones.

Ellen Hayes, 10, of Summerswood Primary School was announced the winner at a presentation ceremony in Aberford Park playground on Thursday.

Her picture was chosen from around 40 entries and has won two family tickets to Willows Activity Farm, a goody bag and an A3 copy of her poster.

Runners up Bella Radley and Olivia Mgbor, both from Ladbrooke JMI School in Potters Bar also won a goody bag and an A4 copy of their posters.

The contest was open to kids across Hertsmere to encourage a voluntary smoking ban on all Hertsmere Borough Council parks.

Stickers will also be going up encouraging visitors to stub out their cigarettes when in and around play areas.

Her design will be displayed across Hertsmere and contact details for the Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service will be included on the poster.

The initiative to stop people smoking in places where children may be affected is run by Hertsmere Health and Wellbeing Partnership and NHS Hertfordshire.

Children have a greater risk of asthma, meningitis, respiratory conditions like bronchitis, coughs and colds, and cot death.

Children growing up in a smoking household are three times more likely to take up smoking themselves when they are older.

Contact Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service on 0800 389 3 998 or text SMOKEFREE to 80818 for information on how to quit.