Monday 6th November 2017- By Sarah Cosgrove
Four parks have reached the finals of this year’s UK’s Best Park Award, as voted by YOU!, run by Fields in Trust, out of 360 nominations.
There were 15,000 votes cast in the public online poll to find the UK’s favourite park.
The shortlist is:
- Craigavon City Park – described as “a great mix of lake, woodland, open green space, bike trails, water sports, paths for cycling and walking”.
- Roath Park – celebrated as “a place for both young and old alike” – planting and historical features are supplemented by the opportunity for “ice cream or a cup of tea in the café”.
- Rouken Glen Park – UK’s Best Park winner in 2016 – makes a repeat appearance, identified as “a fantastic place for families to enjoy the outdoors”.
- Stanley Park – described as “fabulous” and “the centre point of Blackpool” in its nomination.
The overall winner and UK’s Best Park 2017 will be announced on 29 November at the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
Fields in Trust chief executive Helen Griffiths, who is a member of the newly-formed Parks Action Group, said:
“The increased number of nominations and a large number of votes cast show just how much the UK’s parks and green spaces are cherished by people who regularly visit them.
“At Fields in Trust our latest research shows a direct link between using parks and green spaces and positive health and wellbeing but, despite their clear health benefits, parks and green spaces are facing an uncertain future all across the UK. Cuts to local authority budgets are making it increasingly difficult to maintain these non-statutory services and this, coupled with continued development pressure, leaves our parks and green spaces in a vulnerable position. Recognising the UK’s favourite parks is a way of highlighting their contribution to our communities.”
UK’s Best Park is one of nine awards that will be presented recognising and rewarding the efforts and achievements of green spaces and those who work to make them the best they can be. The other categories include Friends Group of the Year and Most Improved Fields in Trust site.