UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2016
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Parks and playing fields are the heart and soul of communities. Following nominations for over 200 local green spaces across the UK Rouken Glen Park has been named UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2016.
Last year Telford Town Park in Shropshire was named as UK's Best Park. This year it was Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire named UK's Best Park following an Award which saw over 200 parks nominated and over 10,000 votes cast.
UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2016
Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire was named UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2016 at the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord's Cricket Ground on Wednesday 30th November. Rouken Glen Park was described in its nomination for the Award as 'a place for people and nature'. Opened in 1906, visitor numbers last year reached nearly 1,000,000. The park is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, has been awarded Green Flag status and has received investment from Heritage Lottery Fund grants. The Award was presented by former international footballer, and Trustee of Fields in Trust Graeme Le Saux and TV sports broadcaster Jill Douglas. Find out more.
Shortlist for UK's Best Park 2016
Following a public vote which saw over 200 local green spaces nominated and over 10,000 votes cast, four parks were shortlisted as follows:
|Preston Park Rockery
|Rouken Glen Park
Nominations for UK's Best Park 2016
Hundreds of local green spaces across the country were nominated for UK's Best Park 2016. View which spaces were nominated in your area by following a link below.
How can I get involved?
- Nominations for UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2016 ran from Friday 23rd September to Wednesday 19th October. Any local green space was eligible to be nominated as the UK's Best Park.
- Nominators were asked to submit a short 50 word description explaining why they think their favourite local green space is the UK's best. All nominations received were approved in line with the Terms & Conditions of the competition.
- Voting ran from Thursday 20th October to Wednesday 9th November. In order to be voted for a park must have been nominated.
- The park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has been shortlisted and their nominators 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.
UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2015
Last year, Telford Town Park in Shropshire was named UK's Best Park 2015 in a competition that saw over 10,000 votes cast. The well-used and much-loved park beat fellow shortlisted sites Gheluvelt Park in Worcester and Duthie Park in Aberdeen to the inaugural title.
Since winning the award The Friends of Telford Town Park were congratulated in Parliament by DCMS Minister Tracey Crouch, were honoured with a civic reception to thank them for their work and featured in a series of videos created to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday.
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