Tuesday 17th October 2017

UK’s Best Park Award is now open for a public vote to select the nation’s favourite local park.

A total of 360 nominations have been received the Fields in Trust’s UK Best Park Awards and the online vote is now open.

The conservation charity reported a wide variety of nominations from small community gardens to large nature reserves and including sports fields and playgrounds. The park which gets the most votes in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the online poll will be shortlisted. The nominators will be invited to attend the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground in November.

Fields in Trust chief executive Helen Griffiths, who has been appointed to the new Parks Action Group established by parks minister Marcus Jones, said: 

” Despite their clear health benefits, parks and green spaces are facing an uncertain future – across the UK outdoor spaces are under threat. The UK’s Best Park Award celebrates the parks and green spaces which are so vital to the communities that use them.

“Recognising the UK’s Best Park is a way of revaluing our green spaces, not viewing them just as a drain on resources for maintenance and upkeep but seeing what benefits they bring. Access to good quality recreational space can contribute to the physical and mental health of their local population and provide places for people to get together for community events.”

Last year’s winner was Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire, beating 213 other nominated spaces. 

Keep Britain Tidy last week revealed the results of its Green Flag People’s Choice vote to find the top 10 most popular parks in the UK. 

 

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