Voting is now open for the UK's Best Park award. Over the last few weeks 214 nominations have been received by Fields in Trust for parks and green spaces that are a much loved part of their local communities. The nominations are in and it’s now time to choose the winners. Cast your vote now.
Nominations include large nature reserves and small community gardens, sports fields and playgrounds, each one a valued green space to the person who nominated. Nominators include triple gold medal winning Olympian Pete Reed, cricketing legend Sir Geoffrey Boycott, and Welsh sporting all-rounder Non Evans; we even had a nomination from an MP, but most of the 200 plus sites were chosen by the regular park users who love to walk, run, cycle, relax, picnic and play with their children in the UK's parks.
Across the regions and nations of the UK the reasons why people love their local park are as varied as the places but each is the favourite of the communities that use them.
At close of nominations at 5pm on Wednesday 9th November the park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be shortlisted. Their nominators will be invited to attend the prestigious Fields in Trust Awards on Wednesday 30th November where the UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2016 will be named.
Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths said: "We want to celebrate the parks and green spaces which are so vital to the communities that use them. The UK’s parks contribute to the physical and mental health of their local population and provide places for people to get together for community events. A good park is reflective of the community it serves, but, as they are not a statutory service for local councils to provide, these much loved places could potentially be lost to development.
"Recognising the UK's Best Park is a way of revaluing our green spaces; not viewing them as a drain on resources for maintenance and upkeep - but seeing what benefits they bring; access to good quality recreational space can play a significant part in preventing poor health."
To have your say and vote for the UK's Best Park visit www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark and tell us why you #LoveYourLocalPark.
Nominations for UK's Best Park 2016
Hundreds of local green spaces across the country have been nominated for UK's Best Park 2016. View which spaces have been nominated in your area and vote for your favourite by following a link below.